American embassy security leader assassinated in Yemen
posted at 8:41 am on October 11, 2012 by Ed Morrissey
On the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington DC, our consulate in Benghazi was sacked, and four Americans murdered, including our Ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens. The Obama administration considered that just a coincidence in its public statements on the attack for several days, insisting that the attack was a “spontaneous demonstration” that just “spun out of control.” Later, we discovered that there was no protest at the time, and the Obama administration had designated this a terrorist attack within the first 24 hours.
Masked gunmen shot dead a Yemeni man on his way to work at the U.S. embassy in Sanaa on Thursday, a security source said, the latest in a wave of assassinations in the Arab state where Washington is battling al Qaeda militants.
The attackers on a motorcycle opened fire on a car carrying Qassem Aqlan – who headed an embassy security team – in the center of Yemen’s capital, the source told Reuters.
“This (assassination) operation has the fingerprints of al Qaeda which carried out similar operations before,” said the source who asked not to be named.
Are they sure? Perhaps this is just another spontaneous movie review, only with lighter weapons.
Twitchy notes the contradictory reports on the job description of the victim. Reuters says he “headed an embassy security team,” while other reports range from his being a security guard to the chief of security at the embassy. The description from Reuters appears to be a middle ground, but obviously this will get clarified later, along with the nature of the attack — hopefully much sooner than the White House did with its deceptive posturing on the Benghazi attack.
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