2 Suspects Held in Attack That Killed Chris Stevens

Tunisian citizens detained in Turkey
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2012 9:17 AM CDT
This undated photo released by the US State Department shows US Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens in an official portrait.   (AP Photo/U.S. State Department)

(Newser) – Turkish police have detained two suspects in the attack that killed Chris Stevens, the US ambassador to Libya. The Tunisian citizens were attempting to enter the country with fake passports and were detained at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, Reuters reports, citing local media. Meanwhile, ABC News has uncovered an email that could spell more criticism for the Obama administration: It shows that, in May, the State Department denied a request for a DC-3 airplane from the security team at the US embassy in Libya. Stevens was copied on the email.

Jake Tapper is quick to point out that the DC-3 may not even have made a difference in the September attack on the consulate in Benghazi—the security team that requested it left Libya in August—but nonetheless, the email raises yet again the question of "whether officials in Washington, DC, specifically at the State Department, were as aware as they should have been about the deteriorating security situation in Libya, and whether officials were doing everything they could to protect Americans in that country," Tapper writes. The GOP has been hammering the State Department on exactly that question already.

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