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  • No "stand down order" in Benghazi

    July 10, 2014 7:15 PM

    WASHINGTON- Testimony from nine members of the military contradicts claims by some Republican members of Congress that a "stand down order" held back military assets that could have saved four Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya. The contention from the lawmakers is that the Special Operations team of four was... more »
  • Commanders suggest a 2nd group in Benghazi attacks

    July 10, 2014 4:41 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Newly revealed testimony from top military commanders suggests that well-trained attackers executed the deadly dawn assault on a CIA complex in Benghazi, Libya, that followed the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission the previous night. The initial attack on Sept. 11, 2012, killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens... more »
  • Libyan militant faces detention hearing for Benghazi attack

    July 2, 2014 8:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Libyan militant now in U.S. custody in the Benghazi attacks faces a court appearance where federal prosecutors will argue why he should remain in detention. The hearing for Ahmed Abu Khattala is before Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson. In court papers filed Tuesday night, the U.S.... more »
  • Libyan militant in federal law enforcement custody

    June 28, 2014 10:46 AM

    WASHINGTON - A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Washington says a Libyan militant charged in the 2012 Benghazi attacks is in federal law enforcement custody and there is heightened security at the city's federal courthouse. Spokesman William Miller declined further comment regarding Ahmed Abu Khattala at this time.... more »
  • Libya demands US to handover Benghazi suspect

    June 18, 2014 9:14 AM

    TRIPOLI, Libya - The Libyan government has denied it had prior knowledge of the U.S. capture of a top suspect in the deadly 2012 assault on Americans in Benghazi and demanded his return. In a statement read on television Wednesday, the interim government condemned the seizure of Ahmed Abu Khattala,... more »
  • US aims for trial of Benghazi suspect held on ship

    June 18, 2014 2:15 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The capture of an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, gives U.S. officials a rare moment of good news. Now they are preparing to try the captured Libyan in the U.S. court system and pledging to redouble efforts to catch others... more »
  • US seizes Benghazi suspect in deadly Libya attack

    June 17, 2014 10:41 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. special forces seized a "key leader" in the deadly Benghazi, Libya, attack and he is on his way to face trial in the U.S. for the fiery assault that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, the Obama administration announced Tuesday. It was the first breakthrough... more »
  • House Democrats weigh role in new Benghazi probe Play Video

    May 9, 2014 2:42 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Divided House Democrats are weighing whether to participate in a new investigation of the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, or boycott the election-year inquiry of a tragedy they accuse Republicans of politicizing. Democrats will meet Friday to decide the next step. Republicans rammed through a resolution on... more »
  • House set to approve select Benghazi investigation

    May 8, 2014 2:25 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republicans are set to begin a special investigation into the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, raising the stakes in a political battle with the Obama administration as the midterm election season heats up. Democrats are considering a boycott of the committee,... more »
  • GOP demands more despite Benghazi email release

    May 16, 2013 8:46 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House's release of nearly 100 pages of emails and notes about the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, has failed to satisfy congressional Republicans demanding more information. A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner says that Republicans hoped the limited release of... more »
  • Clinton: Department working to boost embassy security

    January 23, 2013 10:11 AM

    WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says her department is moving swiftly and aggressively to strengthen security at U.S. missions worldwide, after the deadly September raid on the U.S. consulate in Libya. In what is probably her last appearance on Capitol Hill as the nation's top diplomat, Clinton... more »
  • Clinton to face Congress on Libya assault

    January 23, 2013 6:15 AM

    WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton faces tough questions in her long-awaited congressional testimony concerning the assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Clinton is the sole witness Wednesday at back-to-back hearings before the Senate and... more »
  • Lawyer: Tunisian suspect in Libya attack freed

    January 8, 2013 1:08 PM

    TUNIS, Tunisia - It's the latest setback to the investigation into the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya in September. Authorities in Tunisia have released one of the only men in custody for alleged links to the attack, which killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. Ali... more »
  • Clinton to testify on Libya assault Jan. 22

    January 8, 2013 1:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will testify on the deadly Sept. 11 assault in Libya on Jan. 22. That's the day after President Barack Obama's inauguration and the first day the Senate returns to Washington after a... more »
  • Rice removes name from consideration to be secretary of State

    December 13, 2012 3:54 PM

    WASHINGTON - Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration to be the next secretary of state after the embattled U.N. ambassador ran into a standoff with Republicans over an attack on Americans in Libya. President Barack Obama, in a statement, said he accepted Rice's decision to remove her name... more »
  • GOP senators seek more answers after meeting with Rice

    November 27, 2012 2:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice says talking points she relied on when publicly discussing the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya simply had it wrong, and there was "no intention to mislead the American people." Rice and acting CIA Director Michael Morell met today... more »
  • Petraeus due at Capitol for Benghazi questioning

    November 16, 2012 9:01 AM

    WASHINGTON -Former CIA Director David Petraeus has arrived on Capitol Hill to field questions from lawmakers about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya. He's testifying behind closed doors before both the House and Senate intelligence committees. Some Republicans claim the White House deliberately misled the public on... more »
  • Lawmakers shown video of Benghazi attack

    November 15, 2012 6:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - Lawmakers have seen a video made drone surveillance and security camera video that showed them in real time the attack in Libya that killed four Americans, including the ambassador. Top intelligence officials showed them the footage as part of hearings on the attack in September on the diplomatic... more »
  • CIA deputy: Rice got initial assessment on Libya

    November 15, 2012 4:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - The deputy CIA director has told lawmakers that U.N. ambassador Susan Rice was provided with an unclassified version of what happened during the deadly Sept. 11 attack in Libya that later proved to be incorrect. Mike Morell briefed members of the House Intelligence committee on Thursday. Emerging from... more »
  • Petraeus to testify about Libya Friday

    November 15, 2012 7:57 AM

    WASHINGTON - Former CIA Director David Petraeus will testify before the House Intelligence committee Friday on events that led to the death of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in an attack on the U.S. Consulate at Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11. Spokesmen for the committee say the... more »
  • Panetta: Aircraft not close to stop Libya attack

    November 9, 2012 2:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is telling Congress that the military did not have armed aircraft near Libya that could have helped defend against the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. In a letter to Republican Sen. John McCain... more »
  • House speaker presses Obama for answers on Libya

    October 25, 2012 1:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaking John Boehner is pressing President Barack Obama for answers about the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Libya that killed four Americans. Boehner sent a letter to Obama on Thursday asking whether he or senior administration officials had been personally briefed about security... more »
  • Ryan says Obama misleading on Libya questions

    October 19, 2012 2:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney's running mate is again slamming President Barack Obama for his response to questions about the attack in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans last month. Paul Ryan told a Milwaukee radio station (WTMJ) that Obama's answers have been "inconsistent" and "misleading." Ryan... more »
  • Aide: Obama takes responsibility for Libya attack

    October 16, 2012 5:21 PM

    DENVER - A top campaign aide says that President Barack Obama takes responsibility for the consulate attack in Libya that killed four Americans. Deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter tells The Associated Press in a phone interview Tuesday that, quote, "every time an American dies abroad, everybody takes responsibility, from the... more »
  • Romney: Biden contradicted sworn Libya testimony

    October 12, 2012 4:18 PM

    RICHMOND, Va. - Last month's deadly attack in Libya has become the focus of the presidential campaign today. Mitt Romney is accusing Vice President Joe Biden of "doubling down on denial" in last night's debate when he said "we weren't told" about requests for more security at the U.S. consulate... more »
  • State Dept opens Benghazi consulate attack probe

    October 3, 2012 3:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is pledging a full and transparent inquiry into the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. The probe comes as Congress is demanding speedy answers to questions about the... more »
  • White House widens covert war in North Africa

    October 2, 2012 4:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - Small teams of U.S. special operations forces arrived at American embassies throughout North Africa to set up a new counterterrorist network months before militants killed the U.S. ambassador in Libya. But officials say the network was too new to stop the Benghazi attack. The White House approved the... more »
  • US, Libyan investigators not working together

    October 2, 2012 4:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. and Libyan investigators still aren't working together three weeks after the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the U.S. wants maximum transparency, collaboration and cooperation. She says the U.S. and Libya are partnering well politically, but there now has... more »
  • House committee: security requests denied in Libya

    October 2, 2012 10:29 AM

    WASHINGTON - Leaders of a House committee say U.S. diplomats in Libya made repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi but the pleas were denied in Washington. The Oversight and Government Reform Committee officials said Tuesday they received the information from individuals with direct knowledge of the situation. The Sept.... more »
  • Romney criticizes Obama for 'bumps' comments

    September 24, 2012 4:22 PM

    DENVER - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he can't imagine calling the killing of a U.S. ambassador a "bump in the road." His comments Monday were veiled criticism of Obama for his comment in an interview broadcast Sunday. In an interview with "60 Minutes," Obama said "there are going... more »
  • Obama: Libya assault 'wasn't just mob action'

    September 24, 2012 4:18 PM

    NEW YORK - President Barack Obama says "there's no doubt" that the assault of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans including the U.S. ambassador "wasn't just a mob action." The White House and administration officials have called the attack a terrorist act, though the White House... more »
  • A Benghazi power, Libya militia eyed in attack

    September 18, 2012 3:38 PM

    BENGHAZI, Libya - Members of a hardcore Islamist militia in Libya are the focus of much of the suspicion in last weeks' attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to that country and three other Americans. The militia is known for its sympathies to al-Qaida, and its fierce animosity to the... more »
  • Obama to honor return of Libya attack victims

    September 14, 2012 10:51 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are attending the return of the remains of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans killed in an attack of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, this week. Obama and Clinton were to go to Joint Base Andrews... more »
  • Libyan says some suspects in custody in consulate attack

    September 13, 2012 5:06 PM

    BENGHAZI, Libya - There's word of arrests in Libya, in the killing of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. A Libyan official says an unspecified number of militants suspected of taking part in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi have been arrested. And he says others are... more »
  • Protesters storm US Embassy in Yemen

    September 13, 2012 7:26 AM

    SANAA, Yemen - A protest at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen's capital is the latest demonstration of its kind in response to an anti-Muslim film. Hundreds of protesters chanting "death to America" stormed the embassy grounds today and burned the American flag, but didn't enter the main building. ... more »
  • US officials say 2 warships moving toward Libya

    September 12, 2012 7:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. officials say the Pentagon is moving two warships to the Libyan coast, in the aftermath of the attack in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador and three others. Officials say one destroyer, the USS Laboon, moved to a position off the coast Wednesday, and the USS McFaul... more »
  • AP: Romney misstates facts on embassy attacks

    September 12, 2012 7:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - The gunfire at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, had barely ceased when Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney seriously mischaracterized what had happened in a statement accusing President Barack Obama of "disgraceful" handling of violence there and at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. "The Obama administration's first response... more »
  • Obama vows to bring killers of ambassador to justice

    September 12, 2012 10:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is condemning in the "strongest possible terms" an attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed four Americans, including the American ambassador. Obama on Wednesday said the U.S. will work with the Libyan government to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice. He... more »
  • Libyan officials: US ambassador killed in attack

    September 12, 2012 7:29 AM

    TRIPOLI, Libya - Libyan officials say the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans have been killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi by protesters angry over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad. The officials say Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed Tuesday... more »
  • Jurors laugh while George Grace testifies Play Video

    February 27, 2012 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Jurors laughed aloud while Grace testified in his own defense on the stand Monday morning. Grace avoided prosecutor Corey Amundson's questions over and over, but eventually testified he exchanged official acts as mayor for benefits. Amundson showed video of Grace talking with an undercover FBI operative... more »
  • Grace says he advocated for Libya's Gadhafi

    February 27, 2012 3:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former St. Gabriel Mayor George Grace claimed in federal court today he visited with Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi while the man was designated as a state-sponsored terrorist. Grace said he went to Africa to speak with Uganda's President about a water company Grace wanted to start.... more »
  • Celebrations in Tripoli on reports of Gadhafi death

    October 20, 2011 7:54 AM

    TRIPOLI, Libya - People are celebrating in the streets of Libya's capital, amid reports that Moammar Gadhafi has been captured or killed as anti-Gadhafi forces overwhelmed his hometown of Sirte. There's no official announcement from Libya's transitional government. But the country's information minister says he was told of Gadhafi's... more »
  • Gadhafi's Mystery Daughter

    August 30, 2011 7:44 PM

    Rebels who took over the Libyan capital of Tripoli uncovered evidence of a longstanding lie told by dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Gadhafi claimed his adopted baby daughter was killed in an air attack in 1986 when President Regan ordered a strike on his compound. He even showed a picture of a... more »
  • Obama says 'rule is over' for Libya's Gadhafi

    August 22, 2011 2:08 PM

    CHILMARK, Mass. - President Barack Obama said Monday that Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi's "rule is over" although elements of his regime continue to resist rebels who have taken control much of the capital. He appealed to Gadhafi to prevent further bloodshed, and urged opposition forces to build a democratic... more »
  • U.S. Drones to Help in Libya

    April 21, 2011 7:29 PM

    U.S. Predator drone aircraft will join the fight against Moammmar Gadhafi's forces in Libya to boost the precision of low-level attacks on ground targets. Marine General James Cartwright says the drones will provide "better visibility on targets that have started to dig themselves into defensive positions." He says they're "uniquely... more »
  • CIA Teams in Libya

    March 30, 2011 7:36 PM

    The CIA has small teams in Libya but their precise role is unclear according to a former U.S. Intelligence officer and the Associated Press. What is known, officers assisted in the rescue of one of the two U.S. crew members when an F-15 went down due to mechanical problems. Intelligence... more »
  • US considers more firepower to hit Gadhafi forces

    March 26, 2011 9:57 AM

    WASHINGTON- Even after a week of U.S.-led air strikes, forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi are a potent threat to civilians, say Pentagon officials who are considering expanding the firepower and airborne surveillance systems in the military campaign. "Every day, the pressure on Gadhafi and his regime is... more »
  • Libyian official: Libya ready for talks with rebels

    March 25, 2011 12:33 PM

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - A former Libyan prime minister participating in talks at the African Union says his country is ready to talk with opposition rebels and accept political reforms, possibly including elections. An offer of talks and possible political reforms could be a big step forward toward ending... more »
  • Crude near record highs

    March 24, 2011 5:24 AM

    SINGAPORE- Oil futures settled at the highest level in two and a half years on Wednesday as air strikes continued against Libya and the U.S. reported a sharp decline in gasoline inventories. Libya's 1.3 million barrels a day of oil exports have been blocked due to the crisis and... more »
  • US role in Libya costs hundreds of millions so far

    March 23, 2011 3:36 AM

    WASHINGTON- The U.S. price tag so far for the no-fly zone in Libya easily tops hundreds of millions of dollars. The cost could rise moderately if the U.S. role is limited, with the Pentagon using its existing budget to cover the expense, or it could jump significantly if the operation... more »
  • Libyan students at LSU wait for news from home

    March 22, 2011 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- It's been 10 days since Safa Elnaili spoke to her family in Banghazi, Libya. While she worries about their safety, she's proud they're involved with the fight to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi's four-decade rule. "You know what, we don't care, if you want to kill us, go ahead.... more »
  • Commander says civilians under attack in Libya

    March 22, 2011 1:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - The on-scene commander of the international coalition for Libya is confirming that civilians are under attack by government forces in Misrata, the North Africa nation's third largest city. U.S. Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear told Pentagon reporters Tuesday that the coalition is "considering all options" in light... more »
  • US fighter jet crashes in Libya

    March 22, 2011 5:52 AM

    LONDON- The U.S. military says an Air Force F-15 Strike Eagle has crashed in Libya, but it was not shot down. Vince Crawley, a spokesman for the Africa Command, says both crew members were ejected and sustained minor injuries. Crawley said the plane was not shot down and may... more »
  • Lt. General Russel Honore talks about Libya

    March 21, 2011 10:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lieutenant general Russel Honore operated in Egypt for three months and has first hand experience in Northern Africa. He says the US will soon have to define a mission of want to keep this conflict short. Instead of entering the conflict immediately they the US spent... more »
  • Pentagon: Gadhafi forces in disarray after assault

    March 21, 2011 5:12 AM

    WASHINGTON- Pentagon officials say a U.S.-led coalition has succeeded in scattering and isolating Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi's forces after a weekend of punishing air attacks, and American military authorities are moving to hand control of the operation to other countries. Navy Vice Admiral William E. Gortney says the air strikes... more »
  • Obama: US ready to enforce sanctions in Libya

    March 18, 2011 2:01 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the U.S. will help its allies enforce a no-fly zone over parts of Libya if Moammar Gadhafi does not immediately cease military actions against rebels. Obama said the U.S. would not send ground forces to Libya. He told reporters at the White... more »
  • Exxon CEO says oil prices not yet hurting economy

    March 9, 2011 12:57 PM

    NEW YORK - The CEO of Exxon says he doesn't think the recent jump in oil prices is hurting the U.S. economy just yet. But it's getting close. Rex Tillerson, speaking to reporters Wednesday at the New York Stock Exchange, says that in 2008, when oil hit $147... more »
  • What goes into creating the price of gas?

    March 7, 2011 10:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Up, up and away gas prices continue to rise across the Capitol City and the country. But what adds up to equal those numbers posted at the pumps? The Department of Energy says the literal cost of crude oil makes up only half of the cost.... more »
  • Clinton: U.S. to look at Gadhafi for Pan Am bombing

    March 1, 2011 1:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the Obama administration may seek the prosecution of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing. That follows claims from some ex-Libyan officials that Gadhafi personally ordered the airline attack that killed 270 people. Clinton tells Congress on... more »
  • US to impose sanctions on Libya

    February 25, 2011 2:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says the U.S. is moving forward with plans to impose unilateral sanctions on Libya in response to violence there. Obama spokesman Jay Carney says the U.S. is finalizing that process Friday. He says the U.S. is also working with European partners on additional sanctions... more »
  • Some Americans trapped in Libya

    February 23, 2011 12:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - Some Americans who want to leave Libya will apparently need some help. U.S. officials say some Americans are trapped in Libya outside of the capital and want to leave. The Obama administration says it's working with other countries to get them out. State Department spokesman... more »
  • Oil prices jump past $100

    February 23, 2011 12:18 PM

    NEW YORK - The price of oil passes $100 per barrel for the first time since October 2008. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude on Wednesday rose $4.59 to $100.01 in afternoon trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, which can be shipped around the world and... more »
  • Gadhafi vows to fight on, die a martyr

    February 22, 2011 12:57 PM

    CAIRO - Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi vows to fight on and die a "martyr," calling on his supporters to take back the streets from protesters demanding his ouster, shouting and pounding his fist in a furious speech Tuesday on state TV. Gadhafi, swathed in brown robes and turban, spoke... more »
  • Signs of cracks emerging in Libyan regime

    February 21, 2011 1:17 PM

    CAIRO - There are signs of cracks in Moammar Gadhafi's regime after more than 40 years as Libya's ruler. Libya's own ambassadors at the United Nations are calling for him to step down. A pro-government website says the justice minister has resigned to protest the excessive use... more »
  • BP plans off Libya, Shetlands meet opposition

    August 2, 2010 8:35 AM

    BP's plans to drill for oil off Britain's Shetland isles and the Libyan coast are facing opposition after the company's disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Environmental campaigners and some European lawmakers on Monday called for for a U.S.-style moratorium on deepwater drilling. Greenpeace says a Gulf-style blow-out off Scotland's... more »
  • British Prime Minister says he understands anger on oil spill

    July 20, 2010 1:31 PM

    British Prime Minister David Cameron says his government will "engage constructively" in congressional hearings on whether BP had any involvement in the decision to free the Lockerbie bomber from jail last year and send him home to Libya. But Cameron says the decision wasn't made by BP, "but by... more »
  • Clinton urges review of decision to release Libyan

    July 19, 2010 3:02 PM

    The Obama administration is asking the Scottish and British governments to review the decision last summer to release the Libyan convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie airliner bombing. In letters to U.S. lawmakers, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the administration wants the officials in Scotland and Britain to... more »
  • Libyan plane with 104 on board crashes in Tripoli

    May 12, 2010 5:53 AM

    At least 96 people have died after a Libyan Afriqiyah Airways jet with 104 people aboard crashed while trying to land in Tripoli. An 8-year-old Dutch boy is said to have survived, but Holland's prime minister says dozens of other Dutch citizens who were aboard were killed. more »

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