THE SAUDI ARABIA BASED ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISTS WHO ATTACKED THE EMBASSY have launched similar attacks across Libya on an almost routine basis with the assistance of Libya security forces who often step aside and prevent third parties from intervening.
A little over a week ago the Libya Foreign Minister resigned after government security forces assisted in a weekend long spree of attacks against mosques and shrines in which several innocent civilians at the sites were simply murdered for being there.
AMBASSADOR TO LIBYA REPORTED KILLED
American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt have been attacked by angry mobs over a US-made film said to insult the Prophet Mohammed. The assault in the Libyan city of Benghazi left US ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other consulate employees killed. Post-revolutionary Libya and Egypt will only see a further rise in extremism and instability, says Nader Hashemi, an Assistant Professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics at the University of Denver.
The White House confirmed the killing of the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in an attack by local militia on the American consulate in Benghazi. President Obama has condemned the attack.The exact circumstances of Ambassador Christopher Steven’s death remain unclear.A group of extremists attacked the US consulate building in Benghazi on Tuesday night. There are reports that Stevens was not killed in the Tuesday night assault, but was attacked by a second mob when he arrived in Benghazi Wednesday morning, according to the Guardian.Libyan officials say the ambassador and three other embassy staff members were killed after Islamist militants fired rockets at their car.President Obama and NATO’s Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen have condemned the attack.Obama said in a statement.
“Chris was a courageous and exemplary representative of the United States. Throughout the Libyan revolution, he selflessly served our country and the Libyan people at our mission in Benghazi.”Libyan officials have expressed their condolences, as well.“We apologise to the United States, the people and to the whole world for what happened,” Libya’s interim president Mohammed Magarief said in a news conference.“We confirm that no one will escape from punishment and questioning,” Magarief continued.
According to witnesses cited by local media, the attackers included members of the hard-line Islamist group Ansar Al-Sharia.The US diplomatic facility in eastern Libya was evacuated following violent clashes, and an enraged crowd of militia members stormed the building and set it on fire.Tunisian Salafis are now calling for an attack on their country’s US embassy, Tunisian media reported.Salafis had previously attempted to attack the embassy, but were repelled by security forces. Many expect another attack.President Obama has ordered increased security for US diplomatic personnel around the world.According to CNN, a Marine Corp security team is headed to Libya to reinforce the US embassy in Tripoli.The violence was part of a protest against an American amateur film “Innocence of Muslims” deemed offensive to the Prophet Muhammad. A similar incident took place in Cairo, Egypt’s capital.The film was produced by a US-based group that includes Terry Jones, a Christian pastor involved in a Koran-burning scandal that triggered mass protests in Afghanistan.On the anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, he released a video promoting the film that portrays the Prophet in a “satirical” manner, according to Jones.Ambassador John Christopher Stevens was born in northern California in 1960.He was first sent to Libya in June 2007 as deputy chief of the country’s US mission. He served as chargé d’affaires at the Tripoli embassy until 2009.Stevens came to Libya for a second time in April 2011, arriving on a cargo ship. The US government sent him to rebel headquarters in Benghazi to serve as a special representative to the Libyan National Transitional Council.In March 2012, Stevens was named America’s ambassador to Libya.