Preview: 13 Hours At Benghazi

Behind the Scenes: 13 Hours--The Inside Story

I  wanted to share a few photos from my 4.5 hour interview with the men behind our special--13 Hours: The Inside Story. For the documentary, Fox News was granted exclusive access to the yet to be published book "13 HOURS: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi"  by New York Times bestselling author Mitchell Zuckoff with the Annex Security Team. The book is available September 9th--

It was a pleasure getting to know these men and to hear their story--this is a firsthand account of what the annex security team witnessed and experienced in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. Their story is one you won't want to miss--they have been through a lot and say they are now as close as brothers. 

Photos taken by Katy Ricalde/ Pictured below: Oz, Tanto and Tig

Thank you to the Fox News Documentary Unit for their work on this piece--great job!

Breaking News: Suspected Ringleader in Benghazi Terror Attack Captured


A suspected terrorist linked to the 2012 Benghazi terror attack that killed four Americans has been captured inside Libya by U.S. forces and currently is en route to the United States, Fox News has learned exclusively.

Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured just south of Benghazi and according to sources “he didn’t know what hit him”.  There was no firefight and no issues with his capture.   A small Special Forces team with one FBI agent took part in the mission and Khattala is currently being held on a U.S. Navy ship sailing back to the United States. 

Presdent Obama approved the mission on Friday--Khattala was captured Sunday.

Khattala has a sealed criminal complaint and will be tried in US courts. A concern is that the judge may want to see him presented ASAP and they are taking their time bringing him back on the U.S. Naval ship. He has been charged on 3 counts, all of which are death-penalty eligible.

An official also tells Fox that Khattala underwent an “intelligence interrogation” shortly after his capture, but will not say whether or not he has been read his Miranda rights.

Khattala was named early on as one of the possible ringleaders in the September 11th attack. As the New York Times reported, just days after President Obama reasserted his vow to bring those responsible for the attack to justice, Khattala was spotted at a luxury hotel enjoying a strawberry frappe on a patio and dismissing threats from American and Libyan governments. 

Khatalla is the alleged “on the ground” manager for the assault and we believe reported up the chain to al Qaeda.   He was a member of Ansar al-Sharia and some may make the argument that he was simply a local militia leader and not with formal connections to al Qaeda.

Below is a statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby:
I can confirm that on Sunday, June 15 the U.S. Military -- in cooperation with law enforcement personnel -- captured Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a key figure in the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012. He is in U.S. custody in a secure location outside of Libya. There were no civilian casualties related to this operation, and all U.S. personnel involved in the operation have safely departed Libya.
We will update this post as we learn more and please join us tonight at 6pmET for Special Report. 
Photo of Ahmed Abu Khattala via the Libya Herald




Navy Seals Escort Tanker With Stolen Oil Back To Libya

A platoon from Navy SEAL team 2, somewhere under 30 men, approached the Morning Glory oil tanker 15 miles SE of Cyprus using multiple RHIB boats (rigid hull inflatable boats) deployed from the USS Roosevelt.  They used a series of ladders to get onto the tanker.  2 AK-47’s were found on board.  No shots were fired.  Within 2 hours the operation was completed and the ship was secured.

The rebels remain detained on board and will be handed over to the Libyan authorities.  The ship will also be handed to the Libyans, either at sea or in port somewhere in Libya.  It will take 3 or 4 days to get the ship in Libyan waters. 

The SEAL team has since left the ship and 25 sailors from the USS Stout are now on board.  They will help direct the ship even though the ship’s original crew is on board as well.

Thank you to Fox News Channel's Justin Fishel for this report and join us tonight at 6pmET for more on this story from Jennifer Griffin--

Benghazi: Rescue Efforts

For 15 months there have been questions about who ordered what assets to assist the rescue in Benghazi, Libya and why they were so slow in arriving.
National Security Correspondent Jennifer Griffin examines the 450 pages of newly declassified congressional testimony by commanders who led the rescue efforts.

Congressman Nunes Talks Benghazi on Special Report!

Tonight on Special Report Chris Wallace sits down with Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA), member of the House Intelligence Committee, for a live, exclusive interview on Benghazi.

Congressman Nunes, and the intel committee, will hear from 3 government contractors who were on the ground in Benghazi on the night of the 9/11 attack during closed, classified sessions today.

Sources tell Fox the timeline offered by some of the contractors may differ from the public narrative that there were two distinct waves to the attack, first at the Consulate at approximately 2140 and then at the CIA Annex at 0500 the following morning, separated by a lull in the fighting.

The fighting was characterized to Fox as being more "constant, consistent" throughout the attack's 7-hr duration. If there was no "lull," it raises more questions about the lack of a significant military response to the Benghazi assault.

Congressman Nunes has made his voice heard on this topic, recently writing a letter to Speaker John Boehner saying, “there are significant discrepancies” between the timeline of events at Benghazi offered last year by the Obama administration to Congress and the account of “witnesses on the ground in Benghazi.”

Nunes says eyewitnesses assert that there was no lull in the fighting that evening between the siege of the U.S. mission and the mortar attacks at dawn the next morning that killed Tyrone Woods and Glenn Doherty, two CIA contractors who were manning the roof of the agency’s annex that evening.

Please join us at 6pmET on Fox News Channel for Special Report!

Benghazi: 6 Months Later

Wolf Statement On Six-Month Anniversary Of Benghazi Attack

March 11, 2013

Contact: Jill Shatzen

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Washington, D.C. (March 11, 2013) – To mark the six-month anniversary of the terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans and seriously injured others, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) made the following statement:

“Today is the six-month anniversary of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi that took four American lives and wounded untold others.  Last week, Fox News confirmed, in response to my recent letter to Sec. Kerry, that at least one survivor is still recovering at Walter Reed – six months later.

“Six months later, none of the terrorists involved in the attack are in U.S. or foreign detention.  The FBI has only had access to a single suspect for a mere three hours, after waiting for months.  The FBI is being denied access to another person of interest in Egypt.

“Six months later, none of the survivors have been identified or questioned by Congress about the attack or credited for their heroism.  We don’t know their names, conditions or stories.  

“Six months later, not a single American official has been held accountable or lost their job over the inadequate consulate security, intelligence failures or the administration’s abysmal response during the terrorist attack. 

“After all this time, it’s shameful that the American public, the media, and – most importantly – the Obama administration has turned its back on the families of the victims and allowed terrorists to escape justice for this long.  The time is now to right this historic wrong and pass my resolution to create a select committee to investigate this horrendous event.”

Wolf has been pushing for the creation of a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attack since last November.  His legislation, H. Res. 36, currently has more than 50 cosponsors.

Click here for a complete timeline of Wolf’s work on this issue.


Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice


November 27, 2012


Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, November 27, 2012


Today, Acting CIA Director Michael Morell and I met with Senators McCain, Graham, and Ayotte to discuss my September 16th public comments regarding the attack against the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, and the intelligence assessments that formed the basis for those comments. I appreciated the opportunity to discuss these issues directly and constructively with them.


In the course of the meeting, we explained that the talking points provided by the intelligence community, and the initial assessment upon which they were based, were incorrect in a key respect: there was no protest or demonstration in Benghazi. 


While, we certainly wish that we had had perfect information just days after the terrorist attack, as is often the case, the intelligence assessment has evolved. We stressed that neither I nor anyone else in the Administration intended to mislead the American people at any stage in this process, and the Administration updated Congress and the American people as our assessments evolved.


The Administration remains committed to working closely with Congress as we thoroughly investigate the terrorist attack in Benghazi and bring to justice the terrorists responsible for the tragic deaths of our colleagues, Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. We also look forward to the findings of the Accountability Review Board and the FBI investigation.


General Petraeus' Resignation

News of CIA Director David Petraeus resignation came as a shock today as rumors spread on Twitter and across the internet that the four-star general had an extramarital affair. General Petraeus, serving more than 35 years in the United States Army, submitted his letter of resignation to President Obama just days before he was set to testify in the Benghazi hearings on Capitol Hill. The Senate Intelligence Committee says he will no longer testify--


President Obama accepted the resignation and said his “thoughts and prayers” were with General Petraeus and his wife.


Do you believe that the Benghazi attack played any role in General Petreaus’ resignation? Let us know your thoughts here on the blog and on Twitter @BretBaier.

Sarah Palin's comments-- what do you think?

Sarah Palin wrote this message (see below) on her Facebook page on Wednesday regarding the Obama administration and the situation in Benghazi. She is receiving a lot of publicity with many who say the post's title is racist. We want to know-- what do you think?
Are Governor Palin's 'Shuck and Jive' comments racist? Let us know here on the blog!!
Obama's Shuck and Jive Ends With Benghazi Lies

by Sarah Palin on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 11:39am ·

As I mentioned on “On the Record” last night, there is breaking news that just two hours after the September 11th attacks on our consulate in Benghazi, the White House and State Department knew that an Islamic terrorist group with ties to al Qaeda claimed credit for the attack. We now know that the State Department sent an email to the White House, the Pentagon, the FBI and others in the intelligence community about this Islamist group claiming responsibility. And yet for days afterwards the White House and State Department led everyone to believe that the attack was the result of a spontaneous protest over an obscure YouTube video that had been uploaded months prior. Anywhere from 300 to 400 people from the administration and our intelligence community would have seen that email. Why the lies? Why the cover up? Why the dissembling about the cause of the murder of our ambassador on the anniversary of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil? We deserve answers to this. President Obama's shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end.


- Sarah Palin




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