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Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that an urgent request from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. consulate and subsequent attack several hours later was denied by U.S. officials — who also told the CIA operators twice to “stand down” rather than help the ambassador’s team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11.
Former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods was part of a small team who was at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When he and others heard the shots fired, they informed their higher-ups at the annex to tell them what they were hearing and requested permission to go to the consulate and help out. They were told to “stand down,” according to sources familiar with the exchange. Soon after, they were again told to “stand down.”
Woods and at least two others ignored those orders and made their way to the consulate which at that point was on fire. Shots were exchanged. The rescue team from the CIA annex evacuated those who remained at the consulate and Sean Smith, who had been killed in the initial attack. They could not find the ambassador and returned to the CIA annex at about midnight.
They are serving this country in an area where they are not welcomed. They are sacrificing a great deal, away from home, away from their loved ones. And our leaders decide that they want a group of soldiers to leave their firearms OUTSIDE of a meeting hall where the Secretary of Defense was to address them.
So there they are……. potential targets gathered in a group, with no means of defense. What was to stop any of the Afghani’s from forging a quick attack? There are still unanswered questions over the thwarted attack as Panetta arrived. And the country is still reeling from the Koran burnings and the weekend massacre at the hands of one of our soldiers.
Or was our Secretary of Defense fearful of his own troops?
So, what say you!!