In October 2011 Al-Qaeda or an offshoot group planted its flag on the Benghazi Courthouse. The terror group warned locals:
“Whomever speaks ill of this flag, we will cut out his tongue.”
From the video: According to one Benghazi resident, Islamists driving brand-new SUVs and waving the black al Qaeda flag drive the city’s streets at night shouting, “Islamiya, Islamiya! No East, nor West!”
Then on June 6, 2012 the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya was bombed.
The premises of the US diplomatic mission in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi came under attack during the night but there were no casualties, embassy and security sources said on Wednesday.
“There was an attack late last night on the United States office in Benghazi,” a US embassy official said, adding that only the gate was damaged and that no one was hurt.
He said home-made bomb had been used in the attack on the office, which was set up after the 2011 uprising against Muammar Gaddafi and has been kept open to support the democratic transition.
“The US deplores the attack on its diplomatic mission in Benghazi,” he said, adding that a request had been made to Libyan authorities to step up security around US facilities in the North African nation.
The American official said there was no claim of responsibility.
But a security official in Benghazi said the attack was claimed by the Prisoner Omar Abdelrahman Group, which had left a letter “threatening American interests” in Libya.
There was no official response from the Obama Administration.