There were two attacks on U.S. posts in Benghazi on the night of Sept. 11 and early morning of Sept. 12. The attacks were hours apart.
According to excerpts released Monday from private testimony given to congressional investigators, the deputy of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who was killed in the first attack, said that Special Forces in Tripoli were told they didn’t have the authority for a rescue mission. CBS News reports:
(U.S. Special Operations Command South Africa) commander Lt. Col. Gibson and his team were on their way to board a C-130 from Tripoli for Benghazi prior to an attack on a second U.S. compound “when [Col. Gibson] got a phone call from SOCAFRICA which said, ‘you can’t go now, you don’t have the authority to go now.’ And so they missed the flight … They were told not to board the flight, so they missed it.”
Gregory Hicks, who took over as Charge d’Affairs in Libya after the death of Stevens, will be testifying before the Greg Hicks, who took over as Charge d’Affairs in Libya after the death of Stevens, will be testifying before Congress on Wednesday.