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Dec 20, 2012

U.S. State Department security chief leaves post over Benghazi

WASHINGTON, Dec 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department
said on Wednesday its security chief had resigned from his post
and three other officials had been relieved of their duties
following a scathing official inquiry into the Sept. 11 attack
on the U.S. mission in Benghazi.

Eric Boswell has resigned effective immediately as assistant
secretary of state for d iplomatic security, State Department
spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a terse statement. A second
official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Boswell had
not left the department entirely and remained a career official.

Dec 19, 2012

U.S. State Department officials resign under pressure over Benghazi killings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Three senior U.S. State Department officials were asked to resign after an official inquiry harshly criticized their offices for failing to provide adequate security at the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, before it came under attack in September, a U.S. official said on Wednesday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Eric Boswell, the assistant secretary for diplomatic security; one of his deputies, Charlene Lamb; and an unnamed official in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs were asked to step down because of the inquiry panel’s report, which did not fault Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in connection with the attack.

Dec 19, 2012

US State Dept officials resign under pressure over Benghazi killings

WASHINGTON, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Three senior U.S. State
Department officials were asked to resign after an official
inquiry harshly criticized their offices for failing to provide
adequate security at the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, before
it came under attack in September, a U.S. official said on
Wednesday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Eric
Boswell, the assistant secretary for diplomatic security; one of
his deputies, Charlene Lamb; and an un named o fficial in the
Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs were asked to step down because
of the inquiry panel’s report, which did not fault Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton in connection with the attack.

Dec 19, 2012

Clinton not responsible for Benghazi shortcomings: inquiry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The leaders of an official inquiry into the fatal attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, did not find Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responsible for security lapses even as they outlined widespread failings within her department.

The unclassified version of the report, released late Tuesday by the State Department, concluded that the mission was completely unprepared to deal with a September 11 attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Dec 17, 2012

Clinton gets accountability report on Benghazi attacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday received an official review of the September attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, setting the stage for testimony on an incident that prompted a political furor and sharp questions about security at U.S. diplomatic facilities overseas.

The State Department said Clinton – who is convalescing after suffering a concussion last week – received the report from the Accountability Review Board formed to probe the attack which killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

Dec 16, 2012

Clinton sustains concussion; Benghazi testimony postponed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who canceled an overseas trip last weekend because of illness, suffered a concussion after fainting due to dehydration, prompting the postponement of her scheduled congressional testimony on the attack on a U.S. mission in Libya, officials said on Saturday.

“While suffering from a stomach virus, Secretary Clinton became dehydrated and fainted, sustaining a concussion,” State Department spokesman Philippe Reines said in a statement.

Dec 15, 2012

US Secretary of State Clinton recovering from concussion-spokesman

WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton, who canceled a planned overseas trip last weekend
because of illness, is recovering at home after fainting due to
dehydration and sustaining a concussion, a U.S. State Department
spokesman said on Saturday.

“While suffering from a stomach virus, Secretary Clinton
became dehydrated and fainted, sustaining a concussion,” Clinton
spokesman Philippe Reines said in a statement.

Dec 13, 2012

U.S. confronts limits of ‘shame and sanction’ policy on N.Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea’s successful rocket launch poses a fresh quandary for the United States, underscoring how its “shame and sanction” approach to Pyongyang has failed to stop the country’s dangerous advances in both nuclear and missile technology, analysts and officials said on Wednesday.

The Obama administration has condemned Wednesday’s launch as a “highly provocative act” for which there would be “consequences” and has began working at the U.N. Security Council on steps which could broaden existing sanctions on North Korea – already the most isolated country in the world.

Dec 12, 2012

Analysis: U.S. confronts limits of “shame and sanction” policy on North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea’s successful rocket launch poses a fresh quandary for the United States, underscoring how its “shame and sanction” approach to Pyongyang has failed to stop the country’s dangerous advances in both nuclear and missile technology, analysts and officials said on Wednesday.

The Obama administration has condemned Wednesday’s launch as a “highly provocative act” for which there would be “consequences” and has began working at the U.N. Security Council on steps which could broaden existing sanctions on North Korea – already the most isolated country in the world.

Dec 11, 2012

U.S. blacklists al Qaeda-linked Syrian rebel group

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday designated the radical Islamist Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra, an important fighting force in the opposition struggle, as a foreign terrorist organization and said it was trying to hijack the rebellion on behalf of al Qaeda in Iraq.

U.S. officials said the al-Nusra group had claimed responsibility for carrying out nearly 600 attacks in major cities that have killed numerous innocent Syrians during the 20-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.