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U.S. officials: Libya attack may have been planned
 
Christopher Stevens in April 2011: The late U.S. ambassador to Libya was killed along with three other Americans when the American Consulate in Benghazi was attacked by Islamists on Sept. 11, 2012.
Christopher Stevens in April 2011: The late U.S. ambassador to Libya was killed along with three other Americans when the American Consulate in Benghazi was attacked by Islamists on Sept. 11, 2012.
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White House officials reportedly suspect that a violent assault Tuesday night on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans — including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens — could have been planned beforehand. Initial reports stated that protesters had overrun the consulate in response to an inflammatory anti-Muslim movie disseminated on the internet, but the fact that the assailants were heavily armed suggests that they used the protests as a cover to target Stevens. Analysts also noted that al Qaeda the previous day had posted a video of leader Ayman al-Zawahiri calling for Libyans to avenge the drone strike killing of Abu Yahya al-Libi, his Libyan deputy. However, White House spokesman Tommy Vietor warned that it would "be premature to ascribe any motive to this reprehensible act."

 

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