President Obama Honors Return Of Libya Attack Victims

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Friday, September 14, 2012

President Barack Obama has paid tribute to Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others killed in the assault on the U.S. compound in Libya, calling them patriots who served America's ideals -- and laid down their lives for others.

Obama took part in a transfer of remains ceremony in a hangar at Andrews Air Force Base, joined by Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

After meeting with families of the victims, Obama watched as flag-draped cases containing the remains were carried off of a transport plane and loaded into four black hearses.

Also killed in the Tuesday assault were Americans Sean Smith, Glen A. Doherty and Tyrone S. Woods.

Obama vowed to bring those responsible to justice -- and "stand fast" against attacks on U.S. embassies.

Friday, September 14, 2012

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are visiting with families of the victims of this week's attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya.

Obama and Biden joined Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to express condolences in a private waiting area at the Andrews Air Force Base terminal.

Obama and his dignitaries were at Andrews to witness the transfer of remains ceremony for Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others killed Tuesday in Benghazi.

Also killed were Americans Sean Smith, Glen A. Doherty and Tyrone S. Woods. Doherty and Woods were former Navy SEALS.

U.S. officials are investigating whether the assault was a coordinated terrorist attack that took advantage of protests in the Arab world over an anti-Muslim video.


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