U.S. sends two warships to Libya after Benghazi attack
Washington, United States (4E) – In an attempt to protect American interests and bring perpetrators of an attack that killed American ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three others in Benghazi to justice, the United States on Thursday sent two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and a Marines’ unit to Libya.
“Make no mistake, the USS Laboon and USS McFaul will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people,” U.S. President Barack Obama said.
Initially reports claimed that angry mob upset with the release of an anti-Islamic movie killed Ambassador Stevens, 52, while he was trying to flee in his car. Later reports, however, said that the envoy died due to smoke inhalation after being trapped in a building where suspected Islamic militants set it ablaze and separated him from his security officials.
Despite widespread reports claim that Tuesday’s assault happened due to an amateurish U.S.-made anti-Islamic film, Washington is investigating possible Al-Qaeda links to the attack.
Meanwhile, an unnamed U.S. official has said that one of four Americans killed in Benghazi was an ex-member of elite Navy SEAL without disclosing the soldier’s identity. However, local media and even Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney identified the commander as Glen Doherty, who was on a mission to find shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles in the North African country.