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Was the bloody attack on U.S. diplomats preventable? Libyan security official claims he warned Americans about possible hostilities in the country THREE DAYS before assault

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  • Jamal Mabrouk serves with the February 17th  Brigade
  • The Brigade is a Libyan militia affiliated  with the country’s military
  • Mabrouk claims he met with U.S. diplomats to  tell them about the deteriorating security situation

By Snejana Farberov

PUBLISHED:11:00 EST, 16  September 2012| UPDATED:11:49 EST, 16 September 2012

A member of a Libyan security force said he  had met with American diplomats in the capital of Benghazi three days before the  deadly assault on the U.S. consulate to warn them about the deteriorating  situation in the country.

Jamal Mabrouk, of the February 17th Brigade,  told CNNthat he and a battalion commander sat down  with U.S. envoys to discuss the economy and security in the country, which has  been going through a turbulent transition since the fall of Moammar Gaddafi last  year.

According to Mabrouk, they told the diplomats  that the precarious security situation was not beneficial for international  business.

Threatening gesture: A mock U.S. flag set on fire by a group of about 50 angry Islamists, who were shouting anti-U.S. slogans and protesting against a film ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad, near the U.S. embassy in Ankara, TurkeyThreatening gesture: A mock U.S. flag set on fire by a  group of about 50 angry Islamists, who were shouting anti-U.S. slogans and  protesting against a film ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad, near the U.S. embassy  in Ankara, Turkey

 

Brimming anger: Afghan demonstrators prepare to torch a U.S. flag during protest in Herat Brimming anger: Afghan demonstrators prepare to torch a  U.S. flag during protest in Herat

 

Spreading fury: Pakistani Muslims shout anti-U.S. slogans during a protest rally against an anti-Islam movie in Islamabad on SeptemberSpreading fury: Pakistani Muslims shout anti-U.S.  slogans during a protest rally against an anti-Islam movie in Islamabad on  September

‘The situation is frightening, it scares us,’ Mabrouk said they told the U.S. officials. He would not say how they  responded.

The U.S. State Department was not immediately  available to comment on Mabrouk’s claims.

Mabrouk added that it was not the first time  he has alerted foreigners to safety concerns in the face of the growing presence  of armed jihadist groups in the Benghazi area.

U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three  other embassy employees were killed after a barrage of small arms,  rocket-propelled grenades and mortars tore into the consulate buildings in  Benghazi on Tuesday, the 11th anniversary of the September 11  attacks.

The room where the body of the ambassador was  found was protected by a large door with steel bars; the windows had steel bars,  CNN reported.

Stevens’ body was later recovered after  looters broke into the room. It appears his security detail left him in the room  while they clashed with the attackers.

The State Department has not released details  about how Stevens died, although numerous media reports have  said the  ambassador was taken from the consulate to the Benghazi medical center by  locals.

Aftermath: A Libyan military guard standing in front of one of the U.S. Consulate's burnt out buildings during the visit of President Mohammed el-Megarifto the U.S. Consulate, in BenghaziAftermath: A Libyan military guard standing in front of  one of the U.S. Consulate’s burnt out buildings during the visit of President  Mohammed el-Megarifto the U.S. Consulate, in Benghazi

 

Seething masses: People shout and hold slogans in front of the U.S. embassy during a protest in Cairo September 11, 2012Seething masses: People shout and hold slogans in front  of the U.S. embassy during a protest in Cairo September 11, 2012

 

Terrible prelude: A vehicle set on fire during the violent assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on TuesdayTerrible prelude: A vehicle set on fire during the  violent assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday

He arrived at the hospital, according to the  reports, unresponsive and covered in soot from the fire. A doctor was unable to  revive him and declared him dead, the reports said.

It has been reported that the assault on the  American embassy that ended in the death of the envoy and thee other officials  began simultaneously from three directions.

Slain: U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed by protesters angry over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet MuhammadSlain: U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed by  protesters angry over a film that ridiculed Islam’s Prophet Muhammad

According to an embassy guard, heavy machine  guns and rocket -propelled grenades were used by masked men who then threatened  to kill him ‘protecting the infidels.’

The February 17th Brigade — a militia formed  in the first days of the uprising against Gaddafi which has since become  affiliated with Libya’s military – was closely involved in the rescue of the  American staff trapped after the attack Tuesday night.

After the consulate was sacked, several  Americans escaped to a safe-house in another part of Benghazi, but that location  too came under attack.

Mabrouk said he received a call from an  official in Tripoli who said he had been called by a ‘terrified’ American hiding  at the safe house.

Mabrouk said the Brigade asked the Americans  if they required assistance, but were told that while the situation was  precarious, it was under control.

A few hours later, Mabrouk said he received  another call from Tripoli about the arrival of a U.S. team at Benghazi airport  that needed transport into the city.

He met the seven heavily armed Americans  dressed in civilian clothing and conducted them to the safe house with an armed  escort.

Upon the arrival of the newcomers in the  city, they came under intense fire before their assailants fled.

Mabrouk’s statements come just days  after  the U.S. State Department has angrily denied claims that it had  intelligence  warning its consulate in Libya would be attacked 48 hours  in advance.

Earlier this week, a spokesman has dismissed  claims that the attacks were the  result of a ‘continuing security breach’ and  diplomats should have been  warned before the attacks as ‘completely wrong.’

Bloody sacking: Glass, debris and overturned furniture are strewn inside a room in the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi after the attack that killed four AmericansBloody sacking: Glass, debris and overturned furniture  are strewn inside a room in the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi after the  attack that killed four Americans

 

Devastation: People inspect the damage at the U.S. consulate, one day after armed men stormed the place during a protest Devastation: People inspect the damage at the U.S.  consulate, one day after armed men stormed the place during a protest

 

New claims: A member of a Libyan security force said he had met with American diplomats three days before the deadly assault to warn them about the deteriorating situation in the country New claims: A member of a Libyan security force said he  had met with American diplomats three days before the deadly assault to warn  them about the deteriorating situation in the country

The official told Politico: ‘This is  absolutely wrong. We are not aware of any actionable intelligence indicating  that an attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi was planned or  imminent.’

The violent assault on the consulate in  Benghazi started out as a demonstration against the film Innocence of Muslims,  which reportedly was made in California by a filmmaker whose identity was not  known at the time.

The Mail on Sunday has since exclusively  revealed that Nakoiula Basseley Nakoula, an Egyptian-born Coptic Christian, has  been named by the FBI as the director of the controversial film which ridicules  the Prophet Mohammed.

The release of the film online set  off a  firestorm in the Middle East, with Muslims throughout the region  taking to the  streets and staging violent protests against the U.S.

On Sunday, demonstrators in Afghanistan  torched a U.S. flag and were heard shouting slogans denouncing America during a  protest in the city of  Herat.

A similar scene was  captured in Turkey,  where a group of about 50 protesters set a mock  American flag on fire near the  U.S. embassy in Ankara.

One protester read out a statement denouncing  the U.S., praising protests  that erupted in Libya, Cairo and Tunisia and  calling on Turks to also  rise up against insults to the Prophet  Mohammed.

Protests against the anti-Muslim film also  continued in cities across Pakistan  on Sunday. The Frontier Post reported that  rallies were staged the  cities of Kotli and Lahore.

Incitement: Al Qaida has urged Muslims around the world to step up their protests and kill more diplomats in Islamic countriesIncitement: Al Qaida has urged Muslims around the world  to step up their protests and kill more diplomats in Islamic countries

Meanwhile, in Karachi, police were forced to  use tear gas and aerial firing to disperse a protest rally by the Islamist party  Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen outside the U.S. consulate.

The U.S. has ordered diplomats’ families and  non-essential staff to leave its embassies in Sudan and Tunisia following  revelations by the Libyan government that Al Qaeda might have been responsible  for the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

In a statement, the terrorist network has  urged Muslims around the world to step up their protests and kill more diplomats  in Islamic countries.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta predicted  that the turmoil raging across the Muslim world is likely to continue into  the  days ahead, but said the violence appears to be leveling off

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2204112/Was-bloody-attack-U-S-diplomats-preventable-Libyan-security-official-claims-warned-Americans-possible-hostilities-country-THREE-DAYS-assault.html#ixzz26f8aITQq

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