U.S. Marines Defending Embassy in Egypt Without Ammunition-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
This is a forwarded email that alleges that the U.S. Marines deployed to defend the American Embassy in Egypt were not carrying ammunition.
This is fiction, according to an updated September 13, 2012 article found on the Fox News web site.
According to the updated article, Pentagon Lt Col Chris Hughes said that the reports were not true. Hughes said, “The Ambassador and RSO have been completely and appropriately engaged with the security situation. No restrictions on weapons or weapons status have been imposed.” He added that the information comes from the Detachment Commander at American Embassy in Cairo.
Violence erupted at various U.S. Embassies throughout the world following an attack on the U.S. Consulate Oupost in Benghazi, Libya where U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens along with three members of his U.S. embassy staff were killed.
President Obama issued a statement about the deaths of Stevens and members of his staff and told the American public that an increase in security measures would be taken to protect U.S. Embassies and members serving in the U.S. diplomatic corps.
Whether this was a preplanned act of terrorism or a protest to an anti-Muslim video on the Internet remains to be seen. On September 14, Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters in a briefing denied any act of planned terrorism saying that the protests were in reaction to an anti-Muslim video.
Press Secretary Carey on attacks found on YouTube
Conflicting reports allege that this was a strategically planned operation by Al Qaeda who called for the killing of American diplomats and used the protest of the video as a cover for their mission.
In a September 16, 2016 article by Fox News, Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif told NPR in an interview that his country had been infiltrated by foreigners over the past few months and said, “We firmly believe that this was a precalculated, preplanned attack that was carried out specifically to attack the U.S. Consulate.”