Skip to comments.Libya closes Benghazi airport after Islamists fire at U.S. drones
Posted on 09/14/2012 10:42:12 AM PDT by barryobi
Libya closed its air space over Benghazi airport temporarily because of heavy anti-aircraft fire by Islamists aiming at U.S. reconnaissance drones flying over the city, days after the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed in an attack.
The closure of the airport prompted speculation that the United States was deploying special forces in preparation for an attack against the militants who were involved.
A Libyan official said the spy planes flew over the embassy compound and the city, taking photos and inspecting locations of radical militant groups who are believed to have planned and staged the attack on the U.S. consulate on Tuesday.
Militants used anti-aircraft guns to fire at the drones, forcing the authorities to shut the airport because they feared for the safety of passenger planes. "Two American drones flew over Benghazi last night with knowledge of the Libyan authorities," Deputy Interior Minister, Wanis al-Sharif told Reuters.
"They were visible to the eye, and came under attack by anti-aircraft weapons used by armed militias."
"For this reason, Benghazi security decided to close down the Benghazi airport air space. Any decision to allow an operation of any sort on Libya soil will be made in coordination with the congress and the new government."
Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the other Americans died after gunmen attacked the lightly fortified U.S. consulate and a safe house refuge in Benghazi on Tuesday night. The attack, which U.S. officials believe could have been planned in advance, emerged from a protest blaming America for a film they said insulted the Prophet Mohammed.
At least four international UN staff running the United Nations mission in Benghazi pulled out on Friday for security reasons, a UN source said. Several Western diplomats including the Italian consul have also left the city, according to Libyan officials
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I ws thinking the same thing.. this is Obamas wag the dog show...
“U.S. Drones” ya meen they sent Biden over there!!
The perps are in Derna, about 70 miles east of Benghazi.......AL-QAEDA has set up an Islamic emirate in Derna, in eastern Libya, headed by a former US prisoner at Guantanamo Bay.
Nothing to see here. Move along, move along. These are just more protests against a movie on YouTube.
hahahhaha. oh wow!
So Obama is worried the muzzies will be offended by a sketchy YouTube video but they won’t get the turbans in twist when we drone bomb them.
Told everyone about this.
Obama supported these Muslim Brotherhood clowns to take power and has an opportunity to use them to keep him in power.
That's devious if that was his original intent and spins it his way.
ARE YOU DISTRACTED ENOUGH FROM THE ECONOMY, YET?
Can you post a Link to this info?
Yes, he did indeed support these people. I wonder where that support was when the Iranian’s were gunning down NEDA during those protests?????
I can’t imagine how he thinks this is going to get him reelected.
Is there some agreement where he comes to the rescue and the Muslim Brotherhood ceases all activities right before the election.
HA...who in Middle America is not going to see through that!
It was and, highlighted in red.
The Libyans are turning on one of their biggest supporters. In the words of Haglary: “How could that happen”?
no we are not we can watch everything we are not idiots.
A pro-al Qaeda group responsible for a previous armed assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is the chief suspect in Tuesday’s attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya, sources tracking militant Islamist groups in eastern Libya say.
They also note that the attack immediately followed a call from al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri for revenge for the death in June of Abu Yahya al-Libi, a senior Libyan member of the terror group.
The group suspected to be behind the assault — the Imprisoned Omar Abdul Rahman Brigades — first surfaced in May when it claimed responsibility for an attack on the International Red Cross office in Benghazi. The following month the group claimed responsibility for detonating an explosive device outside the U.S. Consulate and later released a video of that attack.
Another Libyan official told CNN at the same time that five radical Islamist militant commanders were operating in the Derna area, with 200 to 300 men under their command in camps in the area. Ironically, Christopher Stevens — the U.S. ambassador killed in Tuesday’s attack — had written extensively about the rise of Salafist factions in and around Derna in a 2008 diplomatic cable.
As CNN has previously reported, one of militant commanders, according to several sources, is Abdulbasit Azuz, a long-time associate of al-Zawahiri. Azuz was dispatched by al-Zawahiri to Libya from Pakistan’s tribal areas in the spring of 2011 to create a foothold for al Qaeda in Libya, the sources say.
I just don't believe that this will work as intended. This clown ignited a fire and now he is running from it. Why would anyone follow him?
I dont think this is about getting him re-elected- I think the diaper-heads know he is NOT going to be re-elected and so they figure they have about 50 days to act while Obozo is still in charge
If he LOSES then the real fun will begin- because they will start enough crap that Odumbass will declare martial law.
There is a talk that the Obammunists have a code name for this election cycle called “at any cost” and they MEAN IT
Yep. Looks like Captain Kenya is getting ready to invade Libya. Probably already have SF boots on the ground.
They want to create more distractions so people don’t start asking questions about what Obama was doing Sept.10-11.
I still have not seen a full time line of what the POTUS was doing as the crisis unfolded. It appears he went to bed with the consulate under assault and the Ambassador MIA. It seems his team relied entirely on the Libyans. No US military response until the events were over. WTF!
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