Bengazi CIA time timeline in dispute

  • Here is the official timeline of events for the Bengazi attack   – Around 9:40 p.m. (local time) the annex receives the first call that the mission is under attack.   – Fewer than 25 minutes later, a security team leaves the annex for the mission.   – Over the next 25 minutes, the team members approach the compound, attempt to secure heavy weapons and make their way onto the compound in the face of enemy fire.   – At 11:11 p.m., the requested drone surveillance arrives over the mission compound.   – By 11:30 p.m., all U.S. personnel, except for Stevens, who is missing, depart the mission. The exiting vehicles come under fire.   – Over the next roughly 90 minutes, the annex receives sporadic small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenade rounds. The security team returns fire and the attackers disperse at approximately 1 a.m.   – At about the same time, a team of additional security personnel lands at the Benghazi airport and negotiates for transport into town. Upon learning the ambassador is missing and that the situation at the annex has calmed, the team focuses on locating the ambassador and tries to obtain information on the security situation at the hospital.   – It’s still predawn when the team at the airport finally manages to secure transportation and an armed escort. Having learned that Stevens is almost certainly dead and that the security situation at the hospital is uncertain, the team heads to the annex to assist with the evacuation.   – They arrive with Libyan support at the annex at 5:15 a.m., just before the mortar rounds begin to hit the annex. The two security officers are killed when they take direct mortar fire as they engage the enemy. That attack lasts only 11 minutes before dissipating.   – Less than an hour later, a heavily-armed Libyan military unit arrives to help evacuate the compound of all U.S. personnel.

    The 9/11/2012 attacks on the Libyan consulate at Benghazi, resulting in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American diplomats.   Reporters who have covered the massacre from the beginning immediately noted that the timeline directly contradicts intelligence reports on the ground.

    The official timeline states that the CIA first learned that an attack was underway at the consulate at 9:40 p.m. on Sept. 11, when consulate personnel placed a call to the CIA compound asking for assistance.   But security officials on the ground in Benghazi dispute that assertion. The security manager of the agency the government has contracted with to provide security states that he personally called his colleagues at least an hour earlier alerting them to a major problem at the consulate. Those colleagues state that calls had already been made hours earlier to the CIA annex in Benghazi warning officials that armed militias were observed gathering near the consulate.   Other personnel say they reported that hours before the attacks began that heavily armed troops were showing up on the scene with artillery.   Both American and British sources further stated that the timeline the CIA released this week is only “loosely based on the truth” and “doesn’t quite add up.”   In addition, the American and British officials maintain unequivocally that multiple capabilities were available to CIA and U.S. military personnel to respond in a timely fashion, but those capabilities were never utilized. Armed drones, F-18s, AC-130 aircraft and helicopters were nearby and could have been used to rescue the Americans caught in the attack. Again, such resources were never used.   British officials in particular are mystified as to why they were not called for assistance, given that they have more personnel on the ground than the Americans. The British further expressed frustration that so many resources were available for use but no one seemed to think that utilizing the armed drones and military aircraft was an option.

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