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The Killing of an Ambassador

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The Daily Banter Headline Grab. From the Washington Post:

The United States on Wednesday strongly condemned a deadly attack on its consulate in eastern Libya and vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice, as indications began to emerge that the assault may have been planned by extremists and inspired by al-Qaeda.

U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed Tuesday in an assault on the American Consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi, the White House said.

The attack followed a violent protest at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo over a low-budget anti-Muslim film made in the United States, and it initially appeared that the assault on the Benghazi consulate was another spontaneous response. But Middle East analysts raised questions Wednesday about the motivation for the Benghazi attack, noting that it involved the use of a rocket-propelled grenade and followed an al-Qaeda call to avenge the death of a senior Libyan member of the terrorist network.

The Defense Department has dispatched two Marine antiterrorism security teams to Libya to reinforce security there, a senior Marine official said. In a statement issued by the White House early Wednesday, President Obama said he had directed an increase in security at U.S. diplomatic posts around the world.

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