List of American casualties & injuries in the attacks against the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya
List of American casualties and injuries sustained during the attacks against the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012:
- U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher (“Chris”) Stevens died from apparent smoke inhalation after the Benghazi consulate was set ablaze by armed intruders. His death marked the first murder of a U.S. Ambassador in 24 years.Stevens and his colleague, Information Management Officer Sean Smith, became separated from their accompanying Assistant Regional Security Officer (ARSO) while trying to escape the burning building. Despite numerous attempts to find Stevens, the American security personnel’s search efforts were hindered by extreme heat and heavy smoke. They were forced to leave the consulate’s main compound around midnight following a second round of attacks by militants, some armed with rocket propelled grenades (RPGs).Hours later, Stevens was found unconscious by six Libyan civilians, who took him to the emergency room at Benghazi Medical Center. The doctors there tried to resuscitate Stevens for 45 minutes before pronouncing his death. His body was later transported to Benghazi Airport and flown to Tripoli.
- Information Management Officer Sean Smith also died from apparent smoke inhalation. His body was recovered by the American security team in the designated “safe area” where Stevens, Smith, and ARSO barricaded themselves before the building was set on fire.
- One Assistant Regional Security Officer suffered a “severe laceration to his arm” during one of the many attempts to rescue Stevens. The security staff were forced to give up their search after the roof of the building collapsed from the fire damage.
- The Assistant Regional Security Officer who was with Stevens and Smith suffered severe smoke inhalation after re-entering the burning building several times to find Stevens and Smith.
- Mortar attacks on the U.S. consulate’s annex building shortly after 5 a.m. on Sept. 12 killed U.S. security officers and former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.
- Two others – one Assistant Regional Security Officer and a member of the annex security team – were “severely injured” when mortars struck the roof of the annex building.
- State Department: Accountability Review Board’s report on the Benghazi consulate attack – December 2012 (PDF)
- State Department: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s letter to Congress on the Accountability Review Board’s report on the Benghazi consulate attack – December 2012 (PDF)
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: Deputy Secretary William Burns’s remarks on the ARB’s report on the Benghazi consulate attack
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: Ambassador Tom Pickering’s remarks on the ARB’s report on the Benghazi consulate attack
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: Admiral Mike Mullen’s remarks on the ARB’s report on the Benghazi consulate attack
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript of press briefing Q&A on the Accountability Review Board’s findings on the Benghazi consulate attack
- WhatTheFolly.com: Susan Rice won’t pursue Secretary of State post
- WhatTheFolly.com: Accountability Review Board blames inadequate security at Benghazi consulate on “systemic failures” and “management deficiencies” at the State Department
- WhatTheFolly.com: Summary of the State Department’s Accountability Review Board findings on the Benghazi consulate attack
- WhatTheFolly.com: Hillary Clinton on Libya: “I take responsibility”
- WhatTheFolly.com: Democrats & Republicans trade accusations over Libya; Ambassador Stevens’s father says Benghazi deaths should not be politicized
- WhatTheFolly.com: U.S. Embassy in Tripoli denied repeated requests for additional security prior to Benghazi attack
- WhatTheFolly.com: Timeline of the deteriorating security condition in Benghazi prior to consulate attack
- WhatTheFolly.com: FBI investigators search Benghazi crime scene 3 weeks after deadly consulate attack
- WhatTheFolly.com: Secretary of State Clinton hints Benghazi attack might be linked to Al Qaeda in North Africa
- WhatTheFolly.com: U.S. counter-terrorism official calls Benghazi consulate assault an ‘opportunistic’ terrorist attack
- WhatTheFolly.com: State Department identifies the 2 Embassy security personnel killed in Benghazi, Libya
- WhatTheFolly.com: New details emerge on “complex” Benghazi attack; Marines sent to Tripoli
- WhatTheFolly.com: UPDATED: Timeline of the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya
- WhatTheFolly.com: U.S. Ambassador & 3 Americans killed in Libya attack