2 ex-Seals also died in Libya attack: US

2012-09-14 10:02

Washington - The United States on Thursday identified two additional victims of this week's deadly attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, as former Navy Seals who died trying to protect their colleagues.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty died in Tuesday's assault on the Benghazi consulate, which also killed US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and Sean Smith, a State Department information management officer.

"Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest gratitude are with their families and friends. Our embassies could not carry on our critical work around the world without the service and sacrifice of brave people like Tyrone and Glen," Clinton said in a statement.

The statement identified both Woods and Doherty as former Navy Seals with lengthy experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. It did not say in what capacity they were working in Benghazi.

"I am enormously proud of the men and women who risk their lives every day in the service of our country and our values. They help make the United States the greatest force for peace, progress, and human dignity that the world has ever known," Clinton said in her statement.

US officials had confirmed that Stevens and Smith died in the attack, but said they could not confirm the identities of the two other victims pending notification of their families.

Four held

Three other US personnel were wounded in Tuesday's attack, which took place amid a wave of anti-US protests across the Middle East against a low-budget, anti-Islam film produced in the United States.

US President Barack Obama has vowed to work with Libyan officials to seek justice for those responsible for the Benghazi attack, which presented Obama with a new foreign policy crisis less than two months before he seeks re-election.

Four people have since been brought in for questioning by Libyan police.

The US Navy's Seal (Sea, Air and Land) teams are among the most storied of US special operations forces.

Doherty's family, through a public relations firm, had released information about him, including comments from friends.

"Don't feel sorry for him, he wouldn't have it," wrote Brandon Webb, who identified himself as a former Seal and friend of Doherty's.

"He died serving with men he respected, protecting the freedoms we enjoy as Americans and doing something he loved."

ABC News interviewed Doherty last month. At the time, he said he was working with the State Department on an intelligence mission to round up shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles and destroy them, according to an ABC News report.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-14 10:14

    Right at the beginning of the Libyan insurgency, there were regular posters here highlighting the fact that the so called NATO backed rebels were terrorists and religious crack pots, they were murdering policemen in Benghazi and elsewhere and NATO were all to keen to help them. Create chaos and some unpleasant things may use the US euphemism, these Americans were collateral damage!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-14 19:48

      Fidel, It actually shows, what a 'crackpot' YOU are !!! The 'American involvement' in getting rid of that Master Terrorist gaddafi, is only being dramatized by you radical clowns. This is only being manipulated that it suits your half baked pseudo intellectual CRAP and BS. American planes did not drop even one bomb onto Libyan soil !!! The americans never had and never will have intertest of even buying one barrel of Libyan oil. ( your slimy Chinese friends today, buy the bulk of Libyan oil !!!)

      sean.mitchell.3591 - 2012-09-14 22:57

      I'm afraid Anthony you are wrong about the American bombs, they were part of the NATO intervention. I despised the Mad Dog Gaddafi but was also concerned about the opposition, as I am over the Syrian situation. There can be no true Arab Spring as long as the region is held in thrall by a brutalising, fanatic ideolgy that spews intolerence of any other view. Freedom and democracy can only survive in a society where the people can accept other points of view and that sometimes your side is not SERVING in government. We have a clash of ideas, so no more military intervention. Instead through modern I.T. free thinkers have to patiently and purposefuly counter the creeds of hatred, intolerence and destruction. It's going to be a long haul, I'm sure I won't see the results, but it's the best option we have. Free Thought without threats and fear can eventually win the day. The Iranian nuclear threat is another matter, the stakes are so high and seemingly insoluble.freeatheist

      jans.opresser - 2012-09-15 00:44

      aah fred back with more lies I see? america dropped PATRIOT AND TOMOHAWK CRUISE MISSILES ON LIBYA! must be the "small flickers" of al-qaeda that africom commander Carter Ham was referring too at the US senate hearing when he lied under oath about the rebels NOT being al-qaeda. where is anthony from africa? where is lying fred kruger rand"? told you last year that this would happen didnt I? you would not listen. one lie after another from you liars! now you want revenge I guess? stevens knew the rebels were al-qaeda and he chose to go along with the OBAMA,CAMERON,and SARKOZY lie that they were seeking democracy! dont feel sorry for stevens at all. because he was killed by the same terrorist wh he helped put into power!

      maune.moima - 2012-09-15 07:08

      do I care everytime an american dies..? do I care..?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-15 08:03

      What a sick comment Maune.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-15 08:05

      Fidel believes Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom. His words. It's no wonder he sees a faulty reality in Libya. Wouldn't you if you believed that?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-15 08:08

      Jans, get a grip man. You're frothing at the mouth. Plus you're still not understanding what is happening.

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