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Libya Parliament Moves to 5-Star Hotel After Attack

Protesters stormed parliament last night

(Newser) - After a deadly attack last night, Libya's parliament has relocated and will meet in a five-star Tripoli hotel. Tensions in the country have been high, with rival militias backing Prime Minister Ali Zidan and the Islamist factions in parliament that oppose him. Dozens of protesters stormed parliament yesterday, shooting... More »

27 Dead in Libya Clashes

Violence erupts between protesters, militias in Benghazi

(Newser) - Clashes between protesters and militias aligned with the military in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi left 27 people killed and dozens wounded, a health official said today. The violence broke out yesterday after protesters stormed a base belonging to Libya Shield, a grouping of militias tasked with maintaining security.... More »

Borders Closed as Libya Braces for Anniversary

Many fear violence Islamists will target historic treasures

(Newser) - The start of the revolution that led to the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi will be commemorated in Libya on Sunday, and the country is bracing itself for what may come. Bloomberg reports that foreigners have been exiting Libya in anticipation; the borders with Egypt and Tunisia have been closed; and... More »

Clinton Chokes Up, Gets Angry at Benghazi Hearing

She says she wasn't involved in the talking points given to Susan Rice

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton briefly became emotional while testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today, tearing up as she recalled the aftermath of the Benghazi attack. "To me this is not just a matter of policy. It's personal," Clinton said in her opening statement. Her voice broke as... More »

Benghazi Attackers Tried to Kick Their Way In

Video footage is 'far more confusing than clarifying': official

(Newser) - More than 100 hours of video surveillance exist from the September 11 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, and officials have who viewed the footage aren't emerging with a ton of definitive answers. What it does verify: There is no evidence of a protest beforehand. What it doesn'... More »

Suspect in Benghazi Attack Dies in Raid

He was killed by his own bomb in Cairo, security officials say

(Newser) - A Libyan man suspected of taking part in the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi has died during a raid by Egyptian security forces, reports Reuters . Karim Ahmed Essam el-Azizi was killed by a bomb he was trying to use against the forces. Four others were detained in the... More »

Tunisia: We Arrested Suspect in Benghazi Attack

Ali Harzi in custody, though role is unclear

(Newser) - Tunisia says it has a 28-year-old Tunisian national in custody who is linked to the attack on the US consulate in Libya that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, reports the AP . Details are sketchy, but the suspect has been identified as Ali Harzi. It's unclear exactly what role he played,... More »

Emails: Militants Quickly Took Credit for Libya Attack

But Hillary Clinton notes it was just a Facebook post

(Newser) - More information about the confusion in the days following the Sept. 11 attack on the US consulate in Libya: Emails obtained by Reuters show that scarcely more than two hours after the attack, the White House, Pentagon, and FBI were informed by the State Department's Operations Center that a... More »

For 10 Days, CIA Told Obama Libya Attack Was Protest

Despite conflicting evidence

(Newser) - New details are emerging revealing the confusion surrounding the attack on the US consulate in Libya that left Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead: For 10 days after the attack, the CIA told President Obama in his daily intelligence briefing that the siege came out of a spontaneous... More »

Congress Just Blew the CIA's Cover in Libya

Dana Milbank thinks outbursts at yesterday's hearing uncovered a CIA base

(Newser) - Some Congressmen are really, really bad at keeping a secret. In their zeal to embarrass the Obama administration over the attack on the Benghazi consulate, House Republicans "accidentally blew the CIA's cover" in a hearing yesterday, Dana Milbank alleges in the Washington Post . Oversight Committee members didn't... More »

Before Libya Attack, Major Confusion Over Security

Chris Stevens sent cable on day he died

(Newser) - Slain Ambassador Chris Stevens , local security forces, and the State Department were all at odds over security in the weeks leading up to the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, according to an interview with a security commander and a cable sent from Stevens himself on the day he... More »

Hillary Clinton: al-Qaeda Behind Libya Attack

Sources say US intelligence knew that 'within 24 hours'

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton appeared to draw a line from al-Qaeda to the attack on the US consulate in Libya yesterday, further complicating the administration's somewhat muddled account of events. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and "other violent extremists" are trying to "undermine the democratic transitions under way in... More »

Libya Gives Islamist Militias 2 Days to Get Out

11 killed amid weekend protests; CIA sees setback

(Newser) - Libya is working to drive out more armed groups after protesters' success against a militia blamed in the death of US ambassador Chris Stevens . Authorities have told "all illegitimate militias" they've got two days to "be removed from compounds and hand over their weapons to the national... More »

Libyans Seize HQ of Islamic Radicals

Ansar al-Sharia forces fall back without a fight

(Newser) - Hundreds of pro-democracy protesters in Benghazi declared victory today after seizing the headquarters of an extremist Muslim group linked to Chris Stevens' death, CNN reports. The demonstrators marched on a building used by the group Ansar al-Sharia, torched a car, and set free 20 or more captives without any reported... More »

Video: Libyans Tried to Save US Ambassador

Chris Stevens was alive when mob found him

(Newser) - Ambassador Chris Stevens was still breathing when Libyans stumbled across him inside a room in the American Consulate in Benghazi, cheering, "Alive, alive" and "God is great." They tried to rescue him after last week's deadly attack in the eastern Libyan city, witnesses said. A group... More »

Libya Prez: Consulate Attack 'Planned' By Foreigners

Says 50 arrests of foreigners have been made

(Newser) - Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif took to the US airwaves this morning, Politico reports, telling Face the Nation that his nation has made 50 arrests in the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi . "The way these perpetrators acted and moved—and they're choosing the specific date for this... More »

FBI: Violence Over Video Could Spread to US

It warns religious groups to be on guard

(Newser) - The FBI warned today that anger over the anti-Islamic video setting off protests overseas could spread to the US, reports ABC News . The bulletin, issued with Homeland Security, says extremist groups in the US may use the opportunity to "exploit anger over the film to advance their recruitment efforts.... More »

Hey Media, Obama Made Gaffes, Too

President slips up twice, and journalists ignore both: Noah Rothman

(Newser) - Noah Rothman at Mediaite is perturbed that journalists have been too busy haranguing Mitt Romney over his Libya remarks to notice that President Obama made two gaffes himself this week. The first came Wednesday during an interview with Telemundo when Obama was asked if Egypt was considered a US ally.... More »

4 Busted in Libya Attack, 3rd Victim Named

Victim was a Navy SEAL from Boston-area suburb

(Newser) - Four people have been arrested for their connection to the protests at the US consulate in Libya that left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, information management officer Sean Smith, and a former Navy SEAL. There may be more arrests in the near future, as security forces in the... More »

Libya Official: Attack Was Planned for 9/11

And Politico describes lack of security at consulate

(Newser) - Libya suspects the same thing the White House does: that the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi was indeed a militant strike timed with the 9/11 anniversary, a Libyan official said today. He also confirmed the attack came in two parts: First, on the consulate—using protests against an... More »

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