On the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, J. Christopher Stevens, the United States ambassador to Libya, and three of his staff members were killed in an attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi. The armed mob that stormed the consulate was one of many protests across the MENA region last night in response to a video released on YouTube considered insulting to Islam. The filmmaker has gone into hiding.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the attack as a “senseless act of violence” in a televised statement this morning, referring to the assailants as “a small and savage group, not the people or government of Libya.” Libya’s General National Congress condemned the attack in Benghazi. The U.S. diplomatic compound in Egypt was also under attack.