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As as I remember September 11 -- -- twelve that was.
They routine day at our embassy.
And until we saw the news about Cairo.
And I remember.
Sending a text message to investors seasons.
Saying Chris are you aware of what's going on in Cairo.
And he said.
So I told him that the embassy in another text that the embassy had been stormed.
And they were trying to -- -- -- flag and he said thanks very much.
And you know that I went on with with with business.
Closed closed the day and I went back to my Villa and was relaxing watching it television show that I particularly like.
And at 9:45 PM -- all times of the -- times.
This six hour time difference.
-- so John Mark nick ran into my Villa.
Yelling Greg Greg.
The consulates under attack.
-- -- Stood up and reach for my phone because side.
Had an inkling or thought that perhaps investor tried to call me to relay the same message and I found two missed calls.
On the phone one from the investors -- one from a phone number I didn't.
And I punched the phone number I didn't recognize.
And I got the ambassador on the other end.
And he said Greg were under attack.
And ice was.
Walking out of the -- on my way to tactical operation center because I knew we would all have to gather there to mobilize them -- try to mobilize a response.
And it was also a bad cellphone night in Tripoli.
Connections were weak.
And I said OK in the line -- As I walked to the tactical operation center I tried.
Reach back on both of the numbers the unknown number and the -- personal number and gotten no response.
I got to the tactical operations center.
Told people that the ambassador.
That I just talked to the ambassador what he said.
Time John Mark neck was on the phone with Alex Henderson again.
In Gaza in the -- so there.
And I asked one of our DS agents who what number did I reach investor -- -- It says though that Scott -- -- telephone.
Scott what -- was ambassador -- agent in charge his personal escort for that night.
And was with him in the Villa during the attack.
So -- asked.
When John Mark neck.
Got off the telephone I asked him.
What was going on -- set that.
The consulate had been breached and there were at least twenty.
Individuals of arms.
In the in the compound.
At the time.
Next called the -- chief.
To ask him if he was in touch with the Ben Ghazi NX.
Activated our emergency response plan.
Please explain me an ex chiefs of it.
People that don't know as much would understand that.
No go ahead please.
Okay thank you.
And he said that he had been in touch with the -- in Ben Ghazi and they said they were mobilizing.
A response team.
There to go to.
The to our facility and provide reinforcements and to repel the attack.
With that knowledge -- called the operations center of the State Department approximately 10 PM.
To -- report the attack and what we were doing to respond to it.
The next thing I did was to.
Begin calling the senior officials in the government of Libya that I knew at the time.
And so -- -- first.
President -- -- chief of staff and reported the attack and asked for immediate.
Assistance from that.
Government of Libya to assist.
Our folks in -- -- I followed that up with a call to the prime minister's chief of staff to make the same request and then to the MFA.
Mean a -- ministry of foreign affairs.
The defense -- -- shape.
Was at the same time calling.
The leadership of Libya's military.
With the same purpose to ask them for assistance.
Once that was done.
I called again to Washington to report that -- act actions had been.
Over the night.
We over that night that is basically how our.
I was talking to the government -- -- of Libya.
Reporting to this state of the State Department through the operation center.
And also staying in touch with the NX chief about what was going on.
Well let me step back one minute if I could.
And say that I also discuss with the NX chief about mobilizing.
A Tripoli response team.
And we agreed.
That we would move forward witness.
-- Chartering a plane from.
Tripoli to fly a response team to -- Gaza to provide additional reinforcements.
The defense -- shape.
It's also reporting through his chain of command back to.
After -- into the joint staff here in Washington.
About what was going on in the country.
Our political section chief had just returned.
From Ben -- where he had been a principal officer.
For the previous ten days.
And so he jumped into this picture by reaching out to his contacts.
-- -- -- and in Ghazi.
And trying to get them at the local level there to respond.
To the attack.
And he also was in touch with our local employees there.
-- -- -- Check my notes here so long.
The attack unfolded in four phases -- the night unfolded in four phases the first phase.
Was the attack on our consulate.
The story is well known I think.
The Ben Ghazi responding to be.
Console was invaded.
The -- see where the ambassador and Sean Smith and Scott with what Clinton war.
Hiding in the safe area.
Was set on fire.
The attackers also went into another -- -- and into another of buildings.
There were unable to issue -- the tactical operation center and in Gaza because of improvements to that.
Facility that have been made.
Scott attempted to lead.
The ambassador and Sean Smith out of the burning building he managed to make it out.
He tried repeatedly to go back -- to try to rest.
News Sean and the ambassador but had to.
Stop due to exposure to smoke.
The response team from.
The -- -- -- Ghazi six individuals.
Drove the attackers.
Out of our compound and secured it temporarily.
They've been estimates as high as sixty.
Attackers were in the compound at one particular -- There were repeated attempts by all of the NX.
Go into the burning building.
And tried to save Sean and the ambassador.
They found -- body and pull that out.
But he was no longer responsive.
It did not find the ambassador.
And I spoke with a medical officer one of our medical officers after after the attack.
And the heroism of these individuals.
In repeatedly going into the petroleum but based fire cannot be understated.
Petroleum according to this tour regional medical officer petroleum based fires -- Mitt.
Enormous amounts of cyanide gas.
He told me that one full breath of that would incapacitate and kill a person.
If exposed to it.
Secondly it was a -- it was.
Noticed that a second wave of attackers.
Coming to -- attacked the facility.
And our teams.
Five are -- and Sean Smith in one vehicle which suffered heavy fire but they managed to break through and -- get to the NX.
And in the and -- team also withdrew from the facility and the second wave of attack attackers took it over.
After the the second phase of the evening occurs.
At the timing is about 1130.
Second phase commences it after the teams have returned to the -- And they suffer for about an hour and a half probing attacks.
They are able to repulse them and then they desist and about 1:30 in the morning.
Tripoli response team.
Departs at about midnight.
At about 115.
-- -- -- -- a step back again to Tripoli and what's going on there at this point.
Or 11 o'clock.
We can for.
And I asked.
The defense had to -- we've been talking with -- come and -- Joint staff.
There's anything coming.
Will they be sending us any help is there something.
And he answered that the nearest help was.
Enough to -- know.
The nearest there where there were fighter planes they said that it would take two to three hours.
With them to.
Yet on site but that there also were no tankers available for them to refuel.
I said thank you very much.
And we went on with our work.
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