9781250055279

Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi

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  • ISBN13:

    9781250055279

  • ISBN10:

    125005527X

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/9/2014
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

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Summary

The New York Times bestselling inside account of the attack against the U.S. diplomatic and intelligence outposts in Benghazi, Libya

On the night of September 11, 2012, the American diplomatic mission at Benghazi, Libya, came under ferocious attack by a heavily armed group of Islamic terrorists. The prolonged firefight, and the attack hours later on a nearby CIA outpost, resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including the American ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, the Information Officer, Sean Smith, and two former Navy SEALs, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, working for the Central Intelligence Agency.

After the fall of Qaddafi, Benghazi was transformed into a hotbed of fundamentalist fervor and a den of spies for the northern half of the African continent. Moreover, it became the center of gravity for terrorist groups strategically situated in the violent whirlwinds of the Arab Spring. On the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks against the United States, a group of heavily armed Islamic terrorists had their sights set on the U.S. diplomatic and intelligence presence in the city.

Based on the exclusive cooperation of eyewitnesses and confidential sources within the intelligence, diplomatic, and military communities, Fred Burton and Samuel M. Katz reveal for the first time the terrifying twelve-hour ordeal confronted by Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, his Diplomatic Security (DS) contingent, and the CIA security specialists who raced to rescue them.

More than just the minute-by-minute narrative of a desperate last stand in the midst of an anarchic rebellion, Under Fire is an inspiring testament to the bravery and selflessness of the men and women who put their country first while serving in one of the most dangerous regions in the world.

Author Biography

FRED BURTON is Vice President of Intelligence and Counterterrorism at Stratfor, a leading geopolitical intelligence firm, and is one of the world’s foremost experts on security, terrorists and terrorist organizations. He is a former State Department counter-terrorism deputy chief and DSS Agent and the author of a bestselling memoir, Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent and Chasing Shadows.

SAMUEL M. KATZ is an internationally recognized author and expert on Middle East security issues, international terrorism, counter-terrorism, and special operations. His books include Relentless Pursuit: The DSS and the Manhunt for the Al-Qaeda Terrorists, and The Hunt for the Engineer: How Israeli Agents Tracked the Hamas Master Bomber.

Table of Contents

Dedication
From the Director’s Desk
Author’s Note
Clarifications
Preface  - The Oncoming Storm
Book One - Fires Before Benghazi
 Chapter One – The Libyan
 Chapter Two - The Global Protectors in a World at War
 Chapter Three - 9.11.12 – A Fiery Morning in the Arab Spring
 Chapter Four – Libya
 Chapter Five – Special Mission Benghazi
 Chapter Six – The Special Agents
 Chapter Seven – Life in Critical Threat
 Chapter Eight - From Wheels Down to Lights Out
Book Two – Attack
 Chapter One – The Cool of Night Chapter Two – Attack! Attack!
 Chapter Three – The Annex
 Chapter Four – Overrun
 Chapter Five – Notifications
 Chapter Six – The Fires of the Martyrs
Book Three – Rescue
 Chapter One – End of Siege
 Chapter Two – Diplomatic Pouch
 Chapter Three – Link-Up
 Chapter Four – Departures
 Chapter Five – Contact
 Chapter Six – Breakout
 Chapter Seven – The Cavalry
Book Four – Fire Before Dawn
 Chapter One – The Anonymous Target
 Chapter Two – The Looters
 Chapter Three – The Terminal
 Chapter Four – Benghazi Medical Center
 Chapter Five – Incoming
 Chapter Six – Aftermath
 Chapter Seven – Home
Postscript
Glossary
Acknowledgements
Endnotes

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