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Libya closes Benghazi airport after Islamists fire at U.S. drones
haaretz ^ | 9/14/2012 | ha

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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To: Mr. K
Bingo. "Suspended until things get back under control..yada yada."

Seems less perposterous every day lately..

21 posted on 09/14/2012 11:12:27 AM PDT by CygnusXI (Im back!)
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To: barryobi

The October surprise Mid East war, as planned.


22 posted on 09/14/2012 11:12:27 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: barryobi

Obama wants to divert attention away from Iran, so that they can complete their mission.


23 posted on 09/14/2012 11:15:04 AM PDT by crosshairs (America: Once the land of the free. Still the home of the brave.)
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To: barryobi
"They were visible to the eye, and came under attack by anti-aircraft weapons used by armed militiasMuslims."

Fixed it.

24 posted on 09/14/2012 11:15:51 AM PDT by matt04
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To: barryobi

Wag the Dog or not, how will Obama, Hilary, Carney and the rest of the liberals explain this saying Muslims are peace loving and they are not anti-US?


25 posted on 09/14/2012 11:17:53 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: barryobi

When will the drones begin firing on the terrorists?


26 posted on 09/14/2012 11:18:39 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Red Steel

Amazing how quiet my Dem cube mates have been the last few days.


27 posted on 09/14/2012 11:19:00 AM PDT by freebird5850 (Guilty but not prosecuted? Sounds like a liberal to me.)
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To: barryobi

Wait till a drone shoots back!


28 posted on 09/14/2012 11:19:27 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: barryobi

Are Libyan military allowing these militants to fire military style weapons without firing on the militants or are they supporting them? Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmm


29 posted on 09/14/2012 11:20:32 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Blue Highway

These militants ARE the Libyan military now. That’s the problem.


30 posted on 09/14/2012 11:22:43 AM PDT by The Toll
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To: barryobi

No way this is an attack on the United States, Obama says so.


31 posted on 09/14/2012 11:23:38 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again")
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To: crosshairs

I wonder if Obama still has his tee time scheduled to play rounds of golf while American interests are being attacked on an hourly basis now?


32 posted on 09/14/2012 11:23:54 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: barryobi

Why would a drone fly so low?

Something doesn’t smell right.


33 posted on 09/14/2012 11:25:04 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: barryobi
"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."

"If it flies, SHOOT IT!" is the motto of most (undisciplined) 3rd world AA gunners.

In Tanzania they fired on two police helicopters with "POLICI" written on the side in letters a foot high.

The same crews fired on me while flying a Bell JetRanger in Uganda. My clearance was on the airport manager's desk. He had forgotten to tell the gunners that I was OK.

Getting out of there I melted my first stage stator vanes in the hot section of my engine. (hey, I'll melt engines all day long getting away from a ZSU-23-2 100-150 yards away!)

"ZSU-23-2"

["May you live an interesting life" - mythical 'Old Chinese'] 生活愉快

34 posted on 09/14/2012 11:28:17 AM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: barryobi

It is very thoughtful and considerate of the Jihadi savages to reveal their positions so that we can perform accurate targeting.


35 posted on 09/14/2012 11:30:42 AM PDT by The Electrician ("Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.")
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To: Blue Highway

Too bad we don’t have an AC-130 “Puff the Magic Dragon” Drone... that would be worth the admission to watch.


36 posted on 09/14/2012 11:31:02 AM PDT by Cliff Dweller (No such thing as a threat... just targets)
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To: tcrlaf

Oh you a person after my own initial thoughts. Did you read my mind? I sent you a private reply.


37 posted on 09/14/2012 11:31:27 AM PDT by CitizenM (Obama - The architect of the decline of the U.S.)
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To: barryobi
Stevens died, Obama lied.
38 posted on 09/14/2012 11:32:05 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Mr. K

Post # 19.

I have been thinking the same thing for a couple of days.

And my fellow Americans living in the U.S.A. will sit back on their a$$e$ and whine doing nothing about it as usual.


39 posted on 09/14/2012 11:32:20 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: barryobi
"... headed by a former US prisoner at Guantanamo Bay."

Is he one of Barry's releasees?

40 posted on 09/14/2012 11:33:34 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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