Libyan security guards hold flowers and slogans left by people protesting against last week's attack, in which ambassador Chris Stevens died, at the main entrance of the US consulate in Benghazi on September 18, 2012. Islamist militias have been able to flourish in Libya since its 2011 uprising, but a deadly attack on Americans in Benghazi has jolted the newly democratic country to finally act against them.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to brief lawmakers later today in a private briefing on diplomatic security. She will address questions about the security of U.S. missions abroad in the wake of last week's deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans, including Libyan ambassador Chris Stevens, dead.
The White House claims that even though rocket propelled grenades were used and it came a day after the 9/11 anniversary, the attack wasn't premeditated, but rather a reaction to that anti-muslim video. That assessment is being disputed, however.
Senator Susan Collins says it contradicts security information she has, and the director of the National Counterterrorism Center testified yesterday that it was a terrorist attack, and that al-Qaeda may have been involved.
In Tunisia, a mob scaled the embassy walls, setting fires and vandalizing the building. And in Australia, protestors managed to get into the lobby of a building that houses the American consulate.
Josh Rogin, reporter for Foreign Policy