What Happened in Benghazi in 2012?


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Benghazi, Libya is the site of an attack on the United States Diplomatic Mission on September 11, 2012. Armed Islamist militants launched an organized attack that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

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On September 11, 2012, a group of protestors gathered around the U.S. Diplomatic Mission compound. The crowd consisted of 125 to 150 gunmen wearing the Afghan-style tunics. The militants targeted both the U.S. Diplomatic Mission and the CIA headquarters.

The first assault, on the Diplomatic Mission, occurred at 9:40 p.m. local time. The CIA headquarters, 1.2 miles away, came under attack from mortar fire at 4:00 a.m. the following morning. The bomb attack lasted for 11 minutes.

The event marked the first time since 1979 that a U.S. ambassador was killed in the line of duty.

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