Qassen Aqlan, a Yemeni leading the US Security Team in Yemen was assassinated in his car, near his home – not on Embassy property. Apparently we asked the State Department for additional security in Sanaa, Yeman, just as we did in Benghazi. The requests were not honored. On September 16th we “suspended all consular services for two weeks,” with notice that it would reopen on September 29th.
Yemeni officials said the killing bore the hallmarks of an attack by the al Qaeda offshoot in Yemen, but it was too early to determine whether the group was behind it. The assassination resembles other attacks recently that have targeted Yemeni intelligence, military and security officials. Those attacks are believed to be in retaliation for a military offensive by Yemen’s U.S.-backed government against Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which Washington considers the most dangerous offshoot of the global terror network. Source: CBS
Yesterday, the State Department’s Christine Lamb testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Others involved in the Libya US diplomatic mission pointed a finger at her, saying Lamb had continuously rejected, or worse, ignored repeated requests for more security in Tripoli and Benghazi. In her testimony she refused to say the attack was a “terror” attack. Lamb obviously has no imagination. Less than a full minute of thinking about what Ambassador Stevens and other Americans went through during the 6 hour attack would be clear to most of us. You have to be a Democrat to skip the inconvenient details of terror.