U.S. May Have Overplayed Security

    A picture shows damage inside the burnt US consulate building in Benghazi on September 13, 2012, following an attack on the building late on September 11 in which the US ambassador to Libya and three other US nationals were killed. Libya said it has made arrests and opened a probe into the attack, amid speculation that Al-Qaeda rather than a frenzied mob was to blame. AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA        (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    American officials may have had a false sense of security in Libya before the recent attack at the consulate in Benghazi. The diplomatic team there may have come to rely too heavily on Libyan security guards who had only recently been trained. The Libyan guards responded effectively to a minor bombing in June in Benghazi. “That the local security did so well back in June probably gave us a false sense of security,” an American official said. “We may have fooled ourselves.” A Special Forces team visited the compound in April to beef up its security team and conduct a review of the consulate’s defenses.

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