Terror group killed US envoy in Libya

2012-09-27 22:00

Washington - The attack that killed the US ambassador to Libya this month was carried out by terrorists, but an ongoing investigation into the incident will have to determine which group was involved and if it had links to al-Qaeda, the US defence secretary said on Thursday.

Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said the assault on the US consulate in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens was a terrorist attack.

Panetta however stopped short of pinning the attack on a specific group, after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton late on Wednesday suggested there had been ties with an al-Qaeda linked group in nearby Mali.

"It was a terrorist attack," Panetta said at a press conference of the 11 September attack.

The Obama administration has come under fire for taking more than a week to designate the attack that claimed the life of US ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other US officials as a terrorist assault.

"The reason I think it pretty clearly was a terrorist attack is because a group of terrorists obviously conducted that attack on the consulate and against our individuals," he said at the Pentagon.

Panetta said however that which terrorists were involved "I think still remains to be determined by the investigation".

According to CNN, the crime scene in Benghazi has not yet been secured and FBI agents have not been able to travel there while they wait for Libyan government permission.

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Panetta stressed the US would not let the perpetrators "get away with it."

Fox News reported on Thursday that administration officials had known the incident in Libya was a terrorist attack since within 24 hours of the attack, and Republicans in particular have been critical of the White House's response.

In the initial aftermath of the attack, the White House said the motivation was unclear, as it came amid escalating protests across the Muslim world against an American-made anti-Islamic video.

White House spokesperson Jay Carney faced questions on Thursday about why the president himself has never used the term. "The president's position [is] that this was a terrorist attack," he told reporters aboard presidential plane Air Force One.

He also stressed the information being provided to the public was "based on the best intelligence we've had and the assessments of our intelligence community".

Late Wednesday, Clinton linked the escalating presence of terrorist groups in the North African country of Mali to the Benghazi attack. She identified al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb as a chief actor that has launched attacks and kidnappings from northern Mali into neighbouring countries.

  • FeebleGastro - 2012-09-27 22:08

    Obama got it wrong - again. The WORLD is in even bigger trouble if that dumb mulatto gets voted in again.

  • Savethe White O - 2012-09-27 22:19

    These people make a huge fuss about the film. Does the truth hurt

      hash.jadawat - 2012-09-27 23:00

      u must be american right.You short sighted as far as religion is concerned.Read more u ignorant moron.

      louiseroger.higham - 2012-09-28 06:36

      Hello who's the moron!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-28 18:00

      And a racist.

  • Linde.Olaf - 2012-09-27 22:24

    September 11.....ring any bells?

  • Savethe White O - 2012-09-27 23:02

    No just seen what you lot do to innocent people you shetan

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-09-28 03:36

    We are all one human race tolerance is key.

      louiseroger.higham - 2012-09-28 06:45

      Some moron gave this comment a thumbs down, your comment makes all the sense in the world but its morons like that who can't find peace with themselves

  • simon.mwando - 2012-09-28 06:03

    Who cares? U are making a fuss about 4 Americans! How many innocent souls did your war planes killed in that country?

  • Gcodi Mahomed - 2012-09-28 06:05

    what america sows they will reap!!!!

      louiseroger.higham - 2012-09-28 06:39

      Ok if that's your theory what is happening in the arab world where they all killing each other?

      Savethe White O - 2012-09-28 06:40

      Your kind started the sowing that's why there is so many problems in Muslim county's. I am not an american but lost it with you kind when they murdered innocent mentally challenged kid

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-28 17:20

      Gcoddi, ""what america sows they will reap!!!! "" So true !!! That's why the US has one of the strictest border conrols in the world, otherwise, 3/4 of the world's population, including 9/10 of Africa's population, would move there !!!!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-28 18:09

      Good one Louis. What do you say Gcodi?

  • louiseroger.higham - 2012-09-28 06:33

    Anyone who condones this attack is as sick and demented as the attackers, how can any normal human justify this killing!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-28 08:48

      Yeah, and they can systematically attack, lynch and summarily execute as many poor black immigrant workers as they like. But to start killing Americans - you know, actual human beings, people who matter - well that's crossing a red line. It's called Blow Back! Libya is such a mess now thanks to good ol NATO and its own brand of brutality. I wonder if Hillary can still see the funny side of a man being lynched by a mob? "We came, we saw, he died" Take a bow Hillary.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-28 17:22

      MORE pure HATRED from this silly ignorant Fidel, Shame , must be such a lonely life !!!!!

  • Gcodi Mahomed - 2012-09-28 07:27

    @louiseroger.higham,iesh!!!! you really feel strongly about americans getting killed,what surprises me that you not american!!,so my suggestion is that you pack your bags and head to libya and look for the perpetrators,if you can not then comment on what you know,which is nothing!!!!

      sekalf.nroc - 2012-09-28 07:53

      Mohammad - I think you struggle to keep fantasy and reality apart. Also take some English classes before you try to comment in English. You are a bit of a donkey - but that is fine - keep on pulling the cart!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-28 18:23

      You are avoiding the question Gcodi. Based on your philosophy, what does all the senseless violence say about you and Muslims?

  • Gcodi Mahomed - 2012-09-28 07:31

    @save the whites,im sure you lost your marbles long time ago,you lost it when 9 american marines RAPED!!!! a 14 year old iraqi girl and then set her alight!!!!!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-28 18:26

      Are you going to answer the question?

  • Gcodi Mahomed - 2012-09-28 08:20

    @sekalf.nroc,you should change your name to ASS,there is no mohammed commenting on this thread,you are totally confused ,me thinks you should stop pulling that cart,as its taking its toll on your brain cells

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-28 18:26

      More attempts to distract from the question.

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