Washington has sent two Navy Destroyers to Libya in a show of strength and support after the killing of the four US diplomats at the consulate in Benghazi. All American personnel have been evacuated from Benghazi to the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and security has been tightened at a number of embassies across the Middle East.
Speaking at a campaign rally in Nevada, US President Barack Obama said those responsible for the killings would be punished: “I want to assure you we will bring their killers to justice.
“And we want to send a message all around the world to anybody who would do us harm, no act of terror will dim the light of the values that we proudly shine on the rest of the world and no act of violence will shake the resolve of the United States of America.”
Although the incident was initially thought to have been triggered by anger over a US-made anti-Islamic film, US officials believe it may have been planned and are investigating possible al Qaeda involvement.