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2012 Benghazi Attack

Security Officer: Militias have become ‘more brazen’

15 Aug, 2012

The Emergency Action Committee, responsible for security measures and emergency planning, holds a meeting where the RSO (Regional Security Officer) expresses concerns with the ability to defend the compound in the event of a coordinated attack due to limited manpower, security measures, weapons capabilities, host nation support, and the overall size of the compound. Those at the meeting are briefed on the location of approximately ten Islamist militias and AQ training camps within Benghazi, from Islamist militias, such as the QRF Brigade and Ansar al-Sharia, to Takfirist thugs.

A briefer explained that they “did not have information suggesting that these entities were targeting Americans but did caveat that (there was not) a complete picture of their intentions yet. RSO (Regional Security Officer) noted that the Benghazi militias have become more brazen in their actions and have little fear of reprisal from the (government of Libya.)” The classified cable detailing this meeting, written on August 16, comes to light on October 31, 2012.