The American diplomatic mission at Benghazi, in Libya, was attacked on September 11, 2012 by a heavily armed group. The attack began during the night at a compound that is meant to protect the consulate building. A second assault in the early morning the next day targeted a nearby CIA annex in a different diplomatic compound. Four people were killed, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Ten others were injured. The attack was strongly condemned by the governments of Libya, the United States, and many other countries throughout the world.
Many Libyans praised the late ambassador and staged public demonstrations against the militias that had formed during the Libyan civil war to oppose Colonel Gaddafi. The Libyan government also began attempts to disband many of the groups. The United States increased security worldwide at its various diplomatic and military facilities and began investigating the attack. Initially, there was speculation that the attacks were a spontaneous response to a video, Innocence of Muslims, but the Accountability Review Board found that it was in fact a premeditated attack by Islamist militants. The Republican Party accused the Obama administration of over-emphasizing the role of the video, and took issue with the investigation and the response of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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