There were 12 security incidents in
April 6: IED thrown over the fence of the U.S. Consulate in
April 11: Gun battle erupts between armed groups two-and-a-half miles from the U.S. Consulate, including rocket-propelled grenades.
April 27: Two South African contractors are kidnapped by armed men, released unharmed.
May 1: Deputy Commander of U.S. Embassy Tripoli’s Local Guard Force is carjacked, beaten, and detained by armed youth.
May 1: British Embassy in
is attacked by a violent mob and set on fire. Other NATO embassies attacked as well. Tripoli
May 3: The State Department declines a request from personnel concerned about security at the U.S. Embassy in
for a DC-3 plane to take them around the country. Libya
May 22: Two rocket-propelled grenades are fired at the
office of the International Committee of the Red Cross, less than 1 mile from the U.S. Consulate. Benghazi
June 6: A large IED destroys part of the security perimeter of the U.S. Consulate in
. Creates hole “big enough for 40 men to go through.” Benghazi
June 10: A car carrying the British ambassador is attacked in
. Two bodyguards injured. Tripoli
Late June: The building of the International Red Cross attacked again and closed down, leaving the U.S. flag as the only international one still flying in Benghazi, an obvious target.
August 6: Armed assailants carjack a vehicle with diplomatic plates operated by
September 8: A local security officer in
warns American officials about deteriorating security. [The Foundry, October 8] Benghazi