Benghazi Timeline

A timeline of events related to the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi Libya which led to the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and others.

Welcome to []( ;xNLx;Find us on [](;xNLx;;xNLx;In this timeline we've collected as much information as possible from as many sources as possible but we are continuing to add more. ;xNLx;The stories are categorized with labels such as The Warnings, The Attack, & The Discovery which are clear enough but two others, The Cover Up & The Agenda may be more blurry. These are not absolutes. You'll have to make your own conclusions. The Cover Up is a willful hiding or misdirection away from failures of the administration while The Agenda is where the administration has taken opportunities to promote an agenda. An agenda, by the way, that they may even share with the terrorists who attacked us.

2011-12-01 12:00:00

U.N. Anti-Blasphemy Resolution

Non binding resolution passed in December of 2010 being pushed as binding law on member states would make it illegal for anyone to criticize any religion, especially Islam.

2011-12-17 06:00:00

Patrick Kennedy calls for more security agents

Nordstrom, a State Department regional security officer, told lawmakers that Kennedy (Patrick Kennedy, the under secretary of state for management) issued a "decision memo" in December 2011 requiring that the Benghazi post be manned with five diplomatic security agents, but that it usually had only three or four.

2011-12-19 12:00:00

U.S. voted for U.N. Res. 16/18 against "religious intolerance"

December 19, 2011, the U.S. voted for and was instrumental in passing “U.N. Resolution 16/18” against “religious intolerance,” “condemning the stereotyping, negative profiling and stigmatization of people based on their religion.” While this may sound innocuous, it was the latest incarnation of a highly controversial “anti-blasphemy” resolution that has been pushed by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at the United Nations since 1999.

2012-01-30 06:00:00

Headquarters of NTC stormed

In late January, protesters stormed the local headquarters of the NTC, smashing its windows with stones and metal bars.

2012-03-15 06:00:00

Nordstrom cables State Dept. requesting more security agents

"He (Eric Nordstrom, a State Department regional security officer) stated that he sent two cables to State Department headquarters in March and July 2012 requesting additional Diplomatic Security Agents for Benghazi, but that he received no responses,"

2012-04-06 06:00:00

Bomb thrown over fence at Benghazi Consolate

a bombing at the U.S. consulate that occurred on April 6, 2012. It says that on that day, two former security guards for the consulate in Benghazi threw homemade improvised explosives over the consulate fence. That incident resulted in no casualties.

2012-04-10 06:00:00

UN convoy hit by home-made bomb

On April 10, a home-made bomb was thrown at a convoy carrying the head of the United Nations mission to Libya but no one was hurt.

2012-04-27 03:00:00

Benghazi Courthouse Bombed

4 AM 27th of April, Benghazi: A bomb exploded at a courthouse in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, wounding four people and damaging nearby buildings in a new challenge to the government’s struggle to restore order.

2012-05-22 06:00:00

Terrorists Bomb Red Cross in Benghazi

"following a May 22 early-morning attack on a facility that housed the International Committee on the Red Cross, a Facebook page claimed responsibility, and said the attack was a warning and a “message for the Americans disturbing the skies over Derna.” That reference was likely to American surveillance drones over a city that provided fighters to al Qaeda in Iraq in the last decade."

2012-06-06 06:00:00

Bomb blows hole in consulate gate

The Wall Street Journal first reported last month that on June 6 militants detonated an explosive at the perimeter gate of the consulate, blowing a hole through the barrier. The letter to Clinton quotes one source who described the crater as “big enough for forty men to go through.”

2012-06-15 06:00:00

Stevens Threatened on Facebook, ref: Jog route

In June a Facebook page associated with militants linked to the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi posted a threat to Stevens based on the route he took for his morning jog. The Facebook page also posted a picture of Stevens. The letter to Clinton notes that “after stopping these morning runs for about a week, the Ambassador resumed them.”

2012-07-09 07:33:45

Stevens cables for more security

Requst for extension of TDY security personnel, 16-man military Site Security Team set to leave in August. Stevens asked to keep them "...through mid September..."

2012-07-15 12:00:00

Nordstrom cables State Dept. requesting more security agents

"He (Eric Nordstrom, a State Department regional security officer) stated that he sent two cables to State Department headquarters in March and July 2012 requesting additional Diplomatic Security Agents for Benghazi, but that he received no responses,"

2012-08-02 09:00:00

Stevens asks for bodyguards

in a cable August 2nd Ambassador Stevens asks for "...protective detail bodyguard positions..." "...will fill the vacuum of security personnel currently at Post... who will be leaving within the next month and will not be replaced." "The security condition in Libya... unpredictable, volatile and violent."

2012-08-08 09:00:00

Stevens cables again

"...a series of violent incidents has dominated the political landscape.." "... discriminant and targeted attacks..."

2012-08-15 06:00:00

Emergency Meeting at Consulate

Fox News reported that a secret cable described an Aug. 15 “emergency meeting” at the consulate, at which the State Department’s regional security officer “expressed concerns with the ability to defend Post in the event of a coordinated attack due to limited manpower, security measures, weapons capabilities, host nation support and the overall size of the compound.”

2012-08-16 06:00:00

Cable to Hillary Clinton warning about the inadequate security

Regional Security Officer expressed concerns that the consulate coould not be protected in a cable addressed to the Office of the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Emergency Action Committee

2012-08-30 12:00:00

Glen Doherty, tells ABC he is rounding up weapons from Libya

Glen Doherty, a 42-year-old former Navy SEAL killed alongside Ambassador Stevens, tells ABC News he is working with the State Department on an intelligence mission to round up dangerous weapons in Libya.

2012-09-08 12:00:00

Local Militia warn consulate

On Sept. 8, Jamal Busha'la, a commander of one of Benghazi's most powerful militias, met with three Americans, one from the U.S. Embassy, to warn them about deteriorating security.

2012-09-11 05:43:00

06:45 Benghazi Police is spotted Photographing Consulate

Letters found inside the consulate – written by American staffers and addressed to the Libyan Foreign Ministry and Benghazi police chief state: "Early this morning, on September 11, 2011 [sic], at precisely 06:43, one of our diligent guards made a troubling report. Near our main gate, a member of the police force was seen in the upper level of a building across from our compound. It is reported that this person, who belongs to the police unit sent to protect the U.S. Special Mission, was photographing the inside of the U.S. Special Mission (consulate) and, furthermore, that this person was part of the police unit sent to protect the mission. The police car ... was number 322."

2012-09-11 06:00:00

Benghazi Weekly Report

"...growing frustration with police and security forces (who were too weak to keep the country secure)..."

2012-09-11 13:00:00

Cairo Embassy Statement in Tune with Obama U.N. Resolution

The statement Tuesday from the U.S. embassy in Cairo apologizing to Muslims and condemning “the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims”—even as an angry, threatening mob was gathering outside the embassy compound—was no aberration. Helle Dale September 13, 2012 at 1:56 pm

2012-09-11 13:30:00

Meeting with Turkish consul general

7:30-8:30 PM Benghazi: Ambassador meets with Turkish consul general, walks him to gate & retires for the night. No protesters in sight.

2012-09-11 17:45:00

6:45 PM Armed militia gathering around consulate

U.S. military intelligence also told Fox News that armed militia was gathering up to three hours before the attack began. Read more:

2012-09-11 17:54:00

6:54 PM Sean Smith posts to Gaming site

"assuming we don't die tonight. We saw one of our 'police' that guard the compound taking pictures."

2012-09-11 20:30:00

The Attack on the Consulate

About 9:30 PM local time on September 11, 2012 a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya was attacked by terrorists killing 4 Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

2012-09-11 20:40:00

Doherty & Woods told to "stand down"

three urgent requests for military assistance sent from the CIA annex were all denied; CIA operators were apparently told to “stand down” rather than respond when shots were heard around 9:40 p.m. on September 11. Former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods was part of a small team who was at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When he and others heard the shots fired, they informed their higher-ups at the annex to tell them what they were hearing and requested permission to go to the consulate and help out. They were told to "stand down," according to sources familiar with the exchange. Soon after, they were again told to "stand down." Read more:

2012-09-11 21:05:00

Email: U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi Under Attack

4:05 PM EDT, 10:05 PM Libya time "(SBU) The Regional Security Officer reports the diplomatic mission is under attack..."

2012-09-11 21:25:00

6 CIA arrive & Americans moved to Annex

According to the CIA account, on the night of Sept. 11 a six-member paramilitary force set out to rescue consulate personnel, arriving some 50 minutes after the attack began. Surviving Americans were evacuated to the CIA station, which itself came under attack hours later.

2012-09-11 21:25:00

Surveillance Drone on scene

three U.S. Defense and intelligence officials confirm to The Daily Beast that a surveillance drone was at the scene of the attack while personnel were evacuated from the diplomatic compound to the CIA annex

2012-09-11 21:54:00

Email: Update 1: U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Banghazi

4:54 PM EDT, 10:54 PM Libya time "(SBU) Embassy Tripoli reports the firing at the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi has stopped and the compound has been cleared. A response team is on site attempting to locate COM personnel."

2012-09-11 22:00:00

After 5 pm Meeting Obama is only getting "updates"

By 11 p.m. Benghazi time, 90 minutes after the assault began on the U.S. mission, Obama met with the National Security Council to discuss the attack. NSC spokesman Tommy Vietor said the president “ordered Secretary Panetta and Chairman Dempsey to begin moving assets into the region to prepare for a range of contingencies” at that meeting.

2012-09-11 22:30:00

Obama did not convene the Counterterrorism Security Group

CBS News has learned that during the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, the Obama Administration did not convene its top interagency counterterrorism resource: the Counterterrorism Security Group, (CSG). "The CSG is the one group that's supposed to know what resources every agency has. They know of multiple options and have the ability to coordinate counterterrorism assets across all the agencies," a high-ranking government official told CBS News. "They were not allowed to do their job. They were not called upon."

2012-09-11 23:00:00

Agents arrive at Annex

Midnight (6 p.m. ET) Agents arrive at the annex, which receives sporadic small-arms fire and RPG rounds over a roughly 90-minute period. The security team returns fire and the attackers disperse.

2012-09-11 23:07:00

Email: Update 2: Ansar al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for the Benghazi Attack

6:07 PM EDT, 12:07 AM Libya time (SBU) Embassy Tripoli reports the group claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter and has called for an attack on Embassy Tripoli.

2012-09-11 23:30:00

Pentagon orders Special Ops to Italy

Around 12:30 a.m. (6:30 p.m. ET): The Pentagon issues an order to a special operations team in Europe to move to Sigonella, Sicily - less than one hour's flight away from Benghazi. Over the next three hours an additional special operations team based in the U.S. is ordered to deploy to Sigonella. Neither arrived in time.

2012-09-11 23:59:00

Military Support Never Arrived

Execute Order Never Came AFRICOM leader General Carter Ham was never given the order to secure the consulate in Benghazi. This is what the general told Rep. Jason Chaffetz after the 9-11 Benghazi terror attack. That means only Barack Obama or Defense Secretary Panetta, the two men above the AFRICOM commander, never ordered an operation to secure the consulate. This was despite the many pleas for assistance coming from the consulate and annex.

2012-09-12 00:30:00

US Security Team from Tripoli lands in Benghazi

1:30 a.m. (7:30 p.m. ET): A U.S. security team from Embassy Tripoli lands in Benghazi and learn that the ambassador is missing. They try to arrange for transportation into town, with the goal of locating Stevens.

2012-09-12 04:07:00

Clinton announces death of State Dept. officer

4:07 a.m. (10:07 p.m. ET): Secretary Clinton issues a statement acknowledging the death of one State Dept. officer.

2012-09-12 04:15:00

Stevens is discovered at hospital

5:15 a.m. (11:15 p.m. ET): The U.S. Regional Security Office in Tripoli gets a phone call from an Arabic-speaking source who says a Westerner has been found in Benghazi and is perhaps at a hospital. It's believed to be Ambassador Stevens. Transfer to airport is arranged.

2012-09-12 04:16:00

Woods & Doherty are killed in mortar assault

as they laser paint their attackers waiting for air support to take them out. No air support ever comes. the additional security team finds transportation from the airport under the escort of the Libyan Shield, another local militia, but decides to head to the annex after learning that Stevens was almost certainly dead. Just after their arrival, the annex takes mortar fire, sustaining three direct hits. The precision of the attacks indicates a level of sophistication and coordination. Former U.S. Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty are killed in the mortar assault, which lasts just 11 minutes before dissipating; a DS agent and annex security member are severely wounded.

2012-09-12 04:30:00

Evacuation to airport

After the mortar attack, about 30 Americans evacuate the annex and head to the airport, with the assistance of the Libyan security convoy. Ambassador Stevens is confirmed dead later that morning, as Americans see his body at the airport The plane is too small for all of the Americans, so the first flight out takes U.S. diplomats and civilians to Tripoli, leaving behind security staff and bodies.

2012-09-12 08:00:00

2nd flight out, Pres. told of Stevens' death

8:00 a.m. (2 a.m. ET): The second flight leaves Benghazi for Tripoli with U.S. security members and bodies. President Obama is told of Stevens' death. State Department tells all diplomatic posts around the world to review their security posture and to take all necessary steps to enhance it

2012-09-12 10:00:00

NYT Questions radicalization / Arab Spring but totes "blame video" line

Islamist militants armed with antiaircraft weapons and rocket-propelled grenades stormed a lightly defended United States diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, late Tuesday, killing the American ambassador and three members of his staff and raising questions about the radicalization of countries swept up in the Arab Spring. By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and STEVEN LEE MYERS Published: September 12, 2012 2155 Comments

2012-09-12 12:20:00

Clinton's statement on deaths

Generally vague, characterizing the attack with "We condemn this senseless act of violence" However the only spin begins with; "some have sought to justify this viscous behavior... as a response to inflammatory posting on the internet"

2012-09-12 15:43:00

Obama's Rose Garden Speech

President Obama delivers a statement from the Rose Garden about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya. September 12, 2012.

2012-09-12 21:15:00

Officials know it was planned terrorist attack

September 12, 2012, 4:15 PM U.S. officials suspect that the attackers who carried out the deadly assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, are either linked to or sympathize with al Qaeda. And, as David Martin reports, they likely took advantage of a demonstration sparked by an anti-Muslim film to launch their assault on the anniversary of 9/11.

2012-09-12 22:26:00

Obama on 60 minutes

September 12, 2012, 5:26 PM 60 Minutes withheld part of the video where Obama refused say it was a terrorist attack. In an interview with Steve Kroft, President Obama says he's suspicious that those who carried out the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, were "looking to target Americans from the start."

2012-09-13 18:00:00

Libya: "terrorist attack," Clinton: condemns video

Sept. 13: Clinton meets with Ali Suleiman Aujali — the Libyan ambassador to the U.S. — at a State Department event to mark the end of Ramadan. Ambassador Aujali apologizes to Clinton for what he called “this terrorist attack which took place against the American consulate in Libya.” Clinton, in her remarks, does not refer to it as a terrorist attack. She condemns the anti-Muslim video, but adds that there is “never any justification for violent acts of this kind.”

2012-09-13 19:40:00

More evidence of planned 9-11 attack

"Four men are in custody and we are interrogating them because they are suspected of helping instigate the events at the U.S. consulate," Infiltrators within the security forces may have tipped off militants to the safe house location, Wanis el-Sharef, eastern Libya's deputy interior minister, told Reuters.

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