Former Navy Seal Tyrone Woods identified as the fourth American killed in the U.S. embassy attack in Benghazi. Glen Doherty, another former Navy Seal was also killed, along with Ambassador Chris Stevens and information officer Sean Smith. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the deceased. This is a travesty. Tyrone Woods lived in Imperial Beach, Calif. Woods, who was the former owner of The Salty Frog, served more than 20 years as a Navy SEAL and was deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan, UT San Diego reports.
Here’s a release from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:
The attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya on Tuesday claimed the lives of four Americans. Yesterday, I spoke about two: Ambassador Chris Stevens and Information Management Officer Sean Smith. Today, we also recognize the two security personnel who died helping protect their colleagues. Tyrone S. Woods [Tyrone Woods] and Glen A. Doherty were both decorated military veterans who served our country with honor and distinction. Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest gratitude are with their families and friends. Our embassies could not carry on our critical work around the world without the service and sacrifice of brave people like Tyrone and Glen.
Tyrone’s friends and colleagues called him “Rone,” and they relied on his courage and skill, honed over two decades as a Navy SEAL. In uniform, he served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2010, he protected American diplomatic personnel in dangerous posts from Central America to the Middle East. He had the hands of a healer as well as the arm of a warrior, earning distinction as a registered nurse and certified paramedic. All our hearts go out to Tyrone’s wife Dorothy and his three sons, Tyrone Jr., Hunter, and Kai, who was born just a few months ago.
We also grieve for Glen Doherty, called Bub, and his family: his father Bernard, his mother Barbara, his brother Gregory, and his sister Kathleen. Glen was also a former Navy SEAL and an experienced paramedic. And he put his life on the line many times, protecting Americans in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other hotspots. In the end, he died the way he lived – with selfless honor and unstinting valor.
We condemn the attack that took the lives of these heroes in the strongest terms, and we are taking additional steps to safeguard American embassies, consulates, and citizens around the world. This violence should shock the conscience of people of all faiths and traditions. We appreciate the statements of support that have poured in from across the region and beyond. People of conscience and goodwill everywhere must stand together in these difficult days against violence, hate, and division.
I am enormously proud of the men and women who risk their lives every day in the service of our country and our values. They help make the United States the greatest force for peace, progress, and human dignity that the world has ever known. We honor the memory of our fallen colleagues by continuing their work and carrying on the best traditions of a bold and generous nation. Source: State Department
The attack in Benghazi doesn’t seem the product of angry protesters. It seems to have been an Al-Qaeda style attack. The reason for the attack seems to have been in retaliation to the drone kill of Abu Yahya al-Libi aka Mohammed Hassan Qaed. The anti-Islam film, Innocence of Muslims, sparked outrage in Cairo and has now spread to other countries in the Middle East, after controversial Florida pastor Terry Jones promoted it on his website. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is connected to the film and it is thought that his alias is Sam Bacile.
Nakoula denied that he was Bacile and insisted he did not direct the film, though he said he knew Bacile. But federal court papers filed against Nakoula in a 2010 criminal prosecution said that he had used numerous aliases in the past. Among the fake names, the documents said, were Nicola Bacily, Robert Bacily and Erwin Salameh, all similar to the Sam Bacile persona. Other aliases described in the documents included Ahmad Hamdy, Kritbag Difrat and PJ Tobacco. Source