Obama orders CIA, Navy SEALS to hunt down Behghazi terrorists
President Barack Obama has ordered the CIA and the Pentagon to hunt down the terrorists who attacked the US consulate in Libya. The New York Times reports that Obama has now ordered intelligence operatives to gather 'target packages' on the perpetrators and track them down in Benghazi or wherever they might have fled.The Times reports that the operations is focusing on at least a dozen targets, though the exact number is not known.
It's unclear what the president plans to do once the perpetrators of the September 11 assault in Benghazi are found, but he has mobilized the military's Joint Special Operations Command to help carry out the mission. Once the targets and their locations are confirmed, Obama could order any number of actions -- from drone strikes to commando raids to joint operations with the Libyans. JSOC and the CIA teamed up to send Navy SEAL commandos into Pakistan in 2011 for a raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
The White House plans for retaliation come after it was revealed that security officials missed key signs that the consulate and US Ambassador Chris Stevens were in danger. The Daily Beast reported that various whistleblowers have come forward since the attack to testify about prior attacks and a series of threats, which are described in a letter from Rep Darrel Issa and Rep Jason Chaffetz to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The revelations came as the White House announced it was pulling all U.S. personnel out of Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city.
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