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September 2012 - Libya Special Weapons News
- US Withdraws More Staff from Tripoli Embassy VOA 28 Sep 2012 -- The United States has temporarily withdrawn more staff from its embassy in the Libyan capital for security reasons, but said it hopes to return them to Tripoli early next week.
- Benghazi Attackers Struck Against U.N. Ideals, Obama Says AFPS 25 Sep 2012 -- The assault on the U.S. Consulate earlier this month in Benghazi, Libya, was an attack not only on America, but also on the ideals of the United Nations, President Barack Obama said in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly today.
- Hostility has been growing towards Libya's Islamist armed groups RIA Novosti 23 Sep 2012 -- Shortly after military police and protesters routed militias from the Libyan city of Benghazi, a powerful militia in the country's east voiced its plans to disband, the BBC reported on Sunday.
- Libya President Orders Disbanding of Illegal Militias VOA 23 Sep 2012 -- Libya's interim leader has ordered the disbanding of all unauthorized militias, following large-scale protests and growing public anger over their existence.
- Libyan Army Begins to Disband Militias VOA 23 Sep 2012 -- Libya's military says it has raided several militia compounds in and around the capital, Tripoli, after the country's interim leader ordered the disbanding of all unauthorized militias.
- U.S. Senate Rejects Proposal To Suspend Aid To Pakistan, Egypt, Libya RFE/RL 22 Sep 2012 -- The U.S. Senate has rejected by a vote of 81 to 10 a proposal to suspend foreign aid to the governments of Pakistan, Egypt, and Libya in response to recent attacks on U.S. interests in those countries.
- At Least 10 Dead After Libyan Protesters Expel Islamist Militia From Bases RFE/RL 22 Sep 2012 -- Libyan protesters have ousted a jihadist militia from its headquarters and seized other paramilitary bases in Benghazi in clashes that left at least 10 people dead.
- Militia Bases Stormed in Libya RIA Novosti 22 Sep 2012 -- At least one person has been killed and 20 others injured in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi after police and demonstrators stormed militia bases, al Jazeera television reported.
- U.S. Official Calls Consulate Attack Opportunistic 'Terrorism' RFE/RL 20 Sep 2012 -- A senior U.S. counterterrorism official has said that the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was "a terrorist attack" but was most likely not planned in advance.
- US Envoy Visits Libya Following Ambassador's Death VOA 20 Sep 2012 -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns is in Libya for meetings with top officials about last week's deadly attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
- U.S. Says "Small Minority" Behind Mideast Protests AFRICOM 18 Sep 2012 -- Pending the final results of an investigation, the Obama administration believes the attack that killed four American diplomats in Libya on September 11, 2012 grew out of a spontaneous protest in Benghazi that a handful of well-armed extremists were able to exploit and escalate.
- UN Envoy Calls U.S. Consular Attack A 'Wake-Up' Call RFE/RL 18 Sep 2012 -- The outgoing United Nations representative in Libya, Ian Martin, says the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi last week was a wake-up call for the North African country to improve security.
- Libyans Revise Down Arrest Figure From Benghazi Attack RFE/RL 17 Sep 2012 -- Libya's interior minister, Fawzi Abdel A'al, has clarified the number of arrests so far in connection with a deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi last week.
- Libya must implement transitional justice strategy – UN UN News Centre 17 Sep 2012 -- A new United Nations report calls on the Libyan authorities to implement a transitional justice strategy that will help the North African country kick-start a reconciliation process.
- Libya, U.S. Give Conflicting Accounts Of Benghazi Attack RFE/RL 16 Sep 2012 -- The United States and Libya have offered conflicting accounts about the attack in Benghazi, Libya, last week in which U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed.
- Top U.S. Officials Honor Americans Who Died in Libya AFPS 14 Sep 2012 -- As they touched down for the last time on U.S. soil, four Americans killed during attacks this week at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, were honored with eulogies today by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
- Remarks on the Deaths of American Personnel in Benghazi, Libya US Dept. of State 14 Sep 2012
- Remarks by the President at Transfer of Remains Ceremony for Benghazi Victims The White House 14 Sep 2012
- State Department Identifies More Americans Who Died in Libya AFPS 14 Sep 2012 -- The State Department has identified the two security officers who died Sept. 11 in Benghazi, Libya, while helping to protect their colleagues.
- Libya Makes Arrests Over U.S. Embassy Attack RIA Novosti 14 Sep 2012 -- Authorities in Libya have arrested four men in connection with the attack on the U.S. consulate, in which the U.S. ambassador and three embassy staff were killed, al Jazeera television reported.
- Obama: Diplomats' Deaths Won't Deter US VOA 13 Sep 2012 -- President Barack Obama is monitoring the situation in the Middle East, North Africa and other areas of the world amid anti-U.S. demonstrations sparked by a film mocking Islam. Obama says the killing of U.S. diplomats in Libya will not deter the United States from projecting its core principles.
- Pentagon Deploys Security Team to Libya AFPS 13 Sep 2012 -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has authorized deployment of a Marine Corps fleet anti-terrorism security team to Libya to protect U.S. citizens there and to secure the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said here today.
- U.S. Sends Two Warships to Libyan Coast - Fox News RIA Novosti 13 Sep 2012 -- Two U.S. Navy guided missile destroyers were sent toward the coast of Libya following the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three consulate employees, Fox News reported citing unnamed military officials.
- U.S. Takes 'Precautionary' Measures, Vows Justice After Libya Attack RFE/RL 13 Sep 2012 -- Washington has deployed two U.S. Navy destroyers and 50 Marines to Libya in response to the killing of the U.S. ambassador in Benghazi.
- U.S. Evacuates Diplomatic Personnel from Libya's Benghazi RIA Novosti 13 Sep 2012 -- The United States has evacuated all of its diplomatic personnel from the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi following the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three consulate employees, a senior administration official of the U.S. Department of State said.
- UN envoy welcomes election of Libya's new prime minister UN News Centre 13 Sep 2012 -- The top United Nations envoy in Libya today congratulated Mustafa Abushagur on his election as the new Prime Minister of the North African nation.
- In Libya, Shock, Division Follow US Embassy Attack VOA 13 Sep 2012 -- The call to prayer sounded over a subdued Tripoli Thursday as residents of Libya's capital tried to understand the killings of the U.S. ambassador and three diplomats during the storming of the American consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi.
- Embassies Around the World on Alert, Marines Sent to Benghazi VOA 12 Sep 2012 -- The killing of the ambassador and three diplomats in Libya and the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Egypt are raising concerns worldwide as all overseas embassies review their security practices. The events occurred on the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, which leads many to believe they were pre-planned.
- Panetta Strongly Condemns Benghazi Attack AFPS 12 Sep 2012 -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta condemned yesterday's attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in the 'strongest possible terms,' a senior government official said.
- Official Details Benghazi Attack, Vows to Support Libya AFPS 12 Sep 2012 -- A senior government official revealed details of yesterday's deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four State Department officials and wounded three others.
- Benghazi attack a 'sobering reminder' of Libya's challenges, UN official tells Security Council UN News Centre 12 Sep 2012 -- Yesterday's attack on the American diplomatic presence in Benghazi, Libya, which killed the United States ambassador and three other diplomats, was a 'sobering reminder' of the serious security challenges that persisted even as the country made steady progress toward democracy, the United Nations' top political official told the Security Council.
- Ban, Security Council condemn 'in strongest terms' attack on US consulate in Libya UN News Centre 12 Sep 2012 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council condemned 'in the strongest terms' yesterday's attack against the United States Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the deaths of four US diplomats, as well as Libyan employees of the Consulate.
- Obama Condemns Libya Attack That Killed US Ambassador VOA 12 Sep 2012 -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday condemned the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens on Tuesday. Obama also responded to criticism from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
- UN Condemns Killing of US Diplomats VOA 12 Sep 2012 -- The United Nations Security Council and the secretary-general have added their voices to those strongly condemning the killing of four U.S. diplomatic staff members in Libya, including the ambassador.
- Attack in Libya Should Shock World's Conscience, Clinton Says AFPS 12 Sep 2012 -- The attack in Benghazi, Libya, that resulted in the deaths of four Americans should 'shock the conscience of people of all faiths around the world,' Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said here today.
- U.S. Ambassador, Staff Killed In Attack On Benghazi Consulate RFE/RL 12 Sep 2012 -- President Barack Obama has confirmed that U.S. Ambassador John Christopher (Chris) Stevens and three other State Department officials were killed when an angry mob stormed the U.S. Consulate in Libya.
- U.S. Ambassador 'Killed in Libya' - al Jazeera RIA Novosti 12 Sep 2012 -- The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other embassy staff have been killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, al Jazeera television reported, citing local officials.
- Obama Directs Security Boost at U.S. Diplomatic Posts AFPS 12 Sep 2012 -- The United States condemns in the strongest terms the outrageous and shocking attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other American personnel, President Barack Obama said this morning.
- Clinton: Libya Attack Should Shock Conscience of All Faiths VOA 12 Sep 2012 -- The United States ambassador to Libya and three embassy staff were killed after a mob angered over an amateur American-made short film that mocks Islam's Prophet Muhammad stormed the U.S. consulate in the eastern city Benghazi late Tuesday.
- Remarks by the President on the Deaths of U.S. Embassy Staff in Libya The White House 12 Sep 2012
- Statement by the President on the Attack in Benghazi The White House 12 Sep 2012
- US Official Killed in Protest in Libya VOA 11 Sep 2012 -- Demonstrators angered over an amateur American-made film that mocks and insults Islam's Prophet Muhammad shot at and set fire to the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi Tuesday, killing a State Department officer.
- Libya at Crossroads as Coalition Bargaining Continues VOA 05 Sep 2012 -- Libya’s newly minted politicians are bargaining furiously over who will be the country’s first elected prime minister since the fall of Moammar Gadhafi.
- Mauritania Reportedly Sends Qaddafi's Spy Chief To Libya RFE/RL 05 Sep 2012 -- Reports from the West African country of Mauritania say Muammar Qaddafi's former spy chief has been extradited to Libya.
- Mauritania Extradites Gadhafi's Ex-Spy Chief VOA 05 Sep 2012 -- Mauritania's state news agency says Moammar Gadhafi's ex-spy chief, Abdullah al-Senussi, has been handed over to Libya, where he is expected to stand trial.
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