The explosive inside
account of the attack against the US diplomatic and intelligence outposts in
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 US 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 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.
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