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US Envoy Visits Libya Following Ambassador's Death

Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif speaks during a memorial service for U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three consulate staff killed in Benghazi on Sept. 11, in Tripoli, Libya, September 20, 2012.
Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif speaks during a memorial service for U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three consulate staff killed in Benghazi on Sept. 11, in Tripoli, Libya, September 20, 2012.
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U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns is in Libya for meetings with top officials about last week's deadly attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

Burns also is attending a ceremony honoring U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the three other American diplomats killed in the attack. The incident took place during a protest against an anti-Islam video that was privately produced in the United States.
Libya's Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagour (R) meets visiting U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns in Tripoli, Libya, September 20, 2012.Libya's Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagour (R) meets visiting U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns in Tripoli, Libya, September 20, 2012.
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Libya's Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagour (R) meets visiting U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns in Tripoli, Libya, September 20, 2012.
Libya's Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagour (R) meets visiting U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns in Tripoli, Libya, September 20, 2012.
The Reuters news agency reports that Libya's foreign minister, Ashor Bin Khayyal, again apologized for the attack and told Burns that Ambassador Stevens was a "friend of Libya."

On Wednesday, a senior U.S. counterterrorism official called the incident a "terrorist attack."
National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen told a Senate committee that the assault was "an opportunistic attack" that "evolved and escalated over several hours."

Olsen said there were indications that al-Qaida or an la-Qaida-linked group was involved in the incident, but that there has been no evidence of advance planning.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to discuss the attack with lawmakers Thursday, during a private intelligence briefing. On Tuesday, she said the State Department had no actionable intelligence the attack was planned or imminent.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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by: Optimist from: Everywhere
September 20, 2012 4:55 PM
It is sad to see a good man killed, at the same time the amount of support pouring from Libya and beyond makes one feel humanity is still out there.

R.I.P. Chris Stevens


by: Briny from: USA
September 20, 2012 3:53 PM
Secretary Clinton sends an underling to represent the US at a memorial for its murdered Ambassador and his staff. The shrill, persistent denial of the nature of the succesful strike continues to be her official policy. This is American foreign policy at its lowest ebb since the fall of Teheran.

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