Everything you need to know about Benghazi

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CURATED BY Zack Beauchamp

2014-05-20 10:44:11 -0400

  1. What was the Benghazi attack?
  2. Why did the US have a diplomatic presence in Benghazi?
  3. Why are there so many militias in Benghazi?
  4. Did the CIA, NSA, or anyone else have intel that an attack was coming?
  5. Why didn’t Ambassador Chris Stevens get the security he requested?
  6. What’s the precise timeline of the events of the night of the attack?
  7. Who were the Benghazi attackers?
  8. Were the attackers angry about an anti-Islam movie?
  9. Did al-Qaeda do it?
  10. Could the US military have stopped the Benghazi attack?
  11. Why is Benghazi such a big deal politically?
  12. Why do Obama critics tend to focus so much on Benghazi?
  13. Why do liberals make fun of “#Benghazi” all the time?
  14. What are “the talking points”?
  15. Is the Obama Administration to blame for Benghazi?
  16. What was the political fallout from the Benghazi investigations?
  17. What is the House Select Committee on Benghazi?
  18. Could something like the Benghazi attack happen again?
  19. You didn't answer my question!
  20. What else should I read about Benghazi?
  21. How have these cards changed?
  1. Card 1 of 21

    What was the Benghazi attack?

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    Why did the US have a diplomatic presence in Benghazi?

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    Why are there so many militias in Benghazi?

    Libya after Qaddafi has been kind of a mess (not that it wasn't before). The anti-Qaddafi forces, at odds with each other even when fighting on the same side during the civil war, dissolved into bunches of militias, few of which answered to the central government. Because Qaddafi essentially obliterated the institutions necessary to have a functional government, the Libyan government has been unable to corral the militias that arose after his fall. It's gotten to the point that, in 2013, armed groups managed to kidnap Libya's Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan.

    After the war ended in August 2011, Benghazi became an epicenter of militia activity. Because it was the most important base of rebel strength, a lot of rebels who later joined militias hailed from Benghazi and the surrounding environs in the region of Cyrenaica. Some of those groups even attempted to turn Cyrenaica into a functionally independent state, with Benghazi as its capital. In March 2014, that seccesionist impulse almost sparked a second civil war.

    With all of these Libyan factions busy fighting each other after Qaddafi's fall, no one was really interested or able to root out the jihadi groups that moved in after Qaddafi — some of which had participated in the rebellion, some of which had only shown up after. These violent, anti-American groups thrive in chaos, and swiftly grew in strength in Libya after Qaddafi's demise.

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    Did the CIA, NSA, or anyone else have intel that an attack was coming?

  5. Card 5 of 21

    Why didn’t Ambassador Chris Stevens get the security he requested?

  6. Card 6 of 21

    What’s the precise timeline of the events of the night of the attack?

  7. Card 7 of 21

    Who were the Benghazi attackers?

  8. Card 8 of 21

    Were the attackers angry about an anti-Islam movie?

  9. Card 9 of 21

    Did al-Qaeda do it?

  10. Card 10 of 21

    Could the US military have stopped the Benghazi attack?

  11. Card 11 of 21

    Why is Benghazi such a big deal politically?

  12. Card 12 of 21

    Why do Obama critics tend to focus so much on Benghazi?

  13. Card 13 of 21

    Why do liberals make fun of “#Benghazi” all the time?

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    What are “the talking points”?

  15. Card 15 of 21

    Is the Obama Administration to blame for Benghazi?

  16. Card 16 of 21

    What was the political fallout from the Benghazi investigations?

  17. Card 17 of 21

    What is the House Select Committee on Benghazi?

  18. Card 18 of 21

    Could something like the Benghazi attack happen again?

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    You didn't answer my question!

  20. Card 20 of 21

    What else should I read about Benghazi?

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    How have these cards changed?

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