State Department identifies the 2 Embassy security personnel killed in Benghazi, Libya

Army Chaplain Col. J. Wesley Smith delivers remarks at the dignified transfer ceremony for U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service officer Sean Smith, and security officers Tyrone S. Woods and Glen A. Doherty on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Sept. 14, 2012. The four men were killed during a Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steele C.G. Britton

The State Department has identified the two American security personnel who died in Tuesday’s attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Tyrone S. Woods and Glen A. Doherty were killed while defending the consulate’s annex building from heavily-armed militants.

Army Chaplain Col. J. Wesley Smith delivers remarks at the dignified transfer ceremony for U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service officer Sean Smith, and security officers Tyrone S. Woods and Glen A. Doherty on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Sept. 14, 2012. The four men were killed during a Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steele C.G. Britton

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Four Americans were killed – including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens – and at least three were wounded in the Benghazi attack, which was reported sparked by an American-made amateur video that ridiculed Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

“Four Americans, four patriots — they loved this country and they chose to serve it, and served it well,” said President Barack Obama shortly after their remains arrived at Andrews Air Force Base. “They had a mission and they believed in it.  They knew the danger and they accepted it.  They didn’t simply embrace the American ideal, they lived it.  They embodied it — the courage, the hope and, yes, the idealism, that fundamental American belief that we can leave this world a little better than before.  That’s who they were and that’s who we are.  And if we want to truly honor their memory, that’s who we must always be.”

Woods and Doherty were both former Navy SEALs.

Woods – known as ‘Rone’ to his family and friends – served as a security personnel for U.S. embassies in Central Africa and the Middle East since 2010. He served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and was registered nurse and paramedic. Woods leaves behind his wife, Dorothy, and three sons, Tyrone Jr., Hunter, and Kai.

Doherty – known as ‘Bub’ – also served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was a certified paramedic. Doherty is survived by his father, Bernard; his mother, Barbara; his brother, Gregory; and his sister, Kathleen.

“Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest gratitude are with their families and friends. Our embassies could not carry on our critical work around the world without the service and sacrifice of brave people like Tyrone and Glen,” said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Their remains were returned to Andrews Air Force Base, where they were greeted by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and the deceased’s families and colleagues.

Meanwhile, anger over the anti-Islam video continued in Egypt and has spread to Yemen and Tunisia. Protestors demonstrated outside the U.S. embassies in Cairo, Sanaa, and Tunis. The President notified Congress today that two Marine Corps fleet antiterrorism security teams (FAST) are on the ground in Libya and Yemen to reinforce security at the U.S. embassies and to “protect American citizens and properties” until “the security situation becomes such that they are no longer needed.”

“This has been a difficult week for the State Department and for our country. We’ve seen the heavy assault on our post in Benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with. It is hard for the American people to make sense of that because it is senseless, and it is totally unacceptable,” said Clinton. “There will be more difficult days ahead, but it is important that we don’t lose sight of the fundamental fact that America must keep leading the world. We owe it to those four men to continue the long, hard work of diplomacy.”

Four men arrested by Libyan government

Four men have been arrested in connection with the deadly consulate assault by the Libyan government, according to the Reuters news service.

“Four men are in custody and we are interrogating them because they are suspected of helping instigate the events at the U.S. consulate,” Libya’s Deputy Interior Minister Wanis Sharif told Reuters.

Read more: Timeline of the deadly U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya

The intense 4.5-hour gun battle began late Tuesday night when Libyan extremists attacked the consulate’s main building, setting it ablaze. The initial attack killed Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, who served in the Air Force before joining the State Department 10 years ago. He leaves behind his wife, Heather; daughter, Samantha; and son, Nathan.

Two photographs released by Agence France-Presse (AFP) showed unarmed Libyan civilians carrying Stevens. With his clothes and face covered in black soot, Stevens appeared unconscious even though his eyes were partially opened. The AFP photos did not show any obvious wounds on Stevens except for a small laceration above his right eyebrow. Senior U.S. officials confirmed that Stevens was taken to a Libyan hospital, and his body was later returned to U.S. personnel at Benghazi airport.

“There is no doubt these are difficult days.  In moments such as this — so much anger and violence –even the most hopeful among us must wonder,” said Obama. “But amid all of the images of this week, I also think of the Libyans who took to the streets with homemade signs expressing their gratitude to an American who believed in what we could achieve together.  I think of the man in Benghazi with his sign in English, a message he wanted all of us to hear that said, ‘Chris Stevens was a friend to all Libyans.  Chris Stevens was a friend.’ That’s the message these four patriots sent…that America is a friend, and that we care not just about our own country, not just about our own interests, but about theirs; that even as voices of suspicion and mistrust seek to divide countries and cultures from one another, the United States of America will never retreat from the world.  We will never stop working for the dignity and freedom that every person deserves, whatever their creed, whatever their faith.”

 

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