Washington: The Navy SEALS, who were deployed by President Barack Obama to kill Osama bin Laden in May 2011, may now be sent to avenge the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens.
The top secret Joint Special Operations Command is reportedly preparing “target packages” on the jihadists behind the deadly attacks on Stevens and three other Americans that took place on the 9/11 anniversary.
According to the New York Daily News, setting the SEALs on the killers is just one of the options that Obama has planned for dealing with them, the New York Times reported.
That revelation came as GOP lawmakers, trying to tarnish Obama’s foreign policy record ahead of the presidential election, claimed that US diplomats had made repeated requests for more security before the attack, the report said.
“The mission in Libya, however, was denied these resources by officials in Washington,” wrote House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).
According to the report, in their letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the GOP duo claimed there had been earlier bomb attacks on the consulate in Benghazi, enlisting 13 incidents in which two are the targeted members of the International Red Cross.
The group left the area in June, leaving Old Glory “the last western flag flying in Benghazi, making it an ideal target for terrorists,” the Republicans wrote.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland declined to comment on the letter.