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2012 Benghazi Attack

Request for additional police support ignored

9 Sep, 2012

An unsigned document dated September 9, found by reporters on November 1 , showed that U.S. mission requested additional police support at the compound for the duration of U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens’ visit. The mission requested daily, twenty-four hour police protection at the front and rear of the U.S. mission as well as a roving patrol. In addition they requested the services of a police explosive detection dog. The mission was given assurances from the highest authorities in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that all due support would be provided for Ambassador Stevens’ visit to Benghazi. However, they were “saddened to report” that they had only received an occasional police presence at our main gate and noted that many hours pass when there is no police support at all.”