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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

New photos of Benghazi attack, aftermath show widespread destruction, graffiti

Never-before published photos of the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, show ransacked offices, cars and buildings on fire and Arabic graffiti — all wreaked by well-armed terrorists who killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in an hours-long assault.
The pictures, which have been verified by the State Department, offer mute testimony to the events of that night and lend urgency to questions still swirling about the U.S. mission and the Obama administration’s response to the attacks and their aftermath.

Dylan Davies, a British security contractor assigned to the U.S. mission, took photographs of the crime scenes the day after the attacks, and has provided those photos to The Washington Times.
His photos, which have been submitted to U.S. authorities investigating the attacks, have never before been published in their entirety. Other news outlets have published only a few of the snapshots.
Soon after the Benghazi attacks, Mr. Davies was debriefed by the State Department and FBI, and subsequently gave them all of the photos.
The State Department in June released seven of the photographs, under a Freedom of Information Act request by the government watchdog group Judicial Watch, and did not identify Mr. Davies as the photographer. He has provided The Times an interview about the evidence he delivered to U.S. authorities.

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