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After 28 Years, American Diplomacy Returns to Somalia

Embassy in Mogadishu was evacuated during civil war

(Newser) - In a sign of how much the security situation in Somalia's capital has improved, the US has established a permanent diplomatic presence there for the first time in almost 28 years. In a sign of how dangerous Mogadishu remains, many staffers will remain at the US diplomatic mission to... More »

After Benghazi, 55% of Posts Still Weak on Security

158 posts may not be up to snuff: state dept. official

(Newser) - Could another Benghazi loom? A State Department official has testified that some 158 diplomatic posts "have facilities that may not fully meet current security standards." That's out of 283 total, undersecretary Pat Kennedy said yesterday. Many "were built or acquired prior to the establishment of the... More »

Senate Report Blasts State Dept. on Benghazi

Lieberman-Collins report echoes independent probe

(Newser) - The State Department didn't provide its Benghazi team with enough protection against possible threats, a bipartisan Senate report finds, marking the second slap at State this month over the Libya attack. What's more, intelligence pointed to the attack being the work of terrorists all along—but the Obama... More »

CIA Played Central Role in Benghazi Response

Intelligence officials offer most detailed account yet

(Newser) - The CIA played a bigger role in the response to the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi than was previously known, say US intelligence officials, rebutting media claims that the agency was slow to send help. Security agents were on the scene in 25 minutes, taking charge of evacuations, the Washington ... More »

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