Benghazi Libya Museums

Members of the local Islamist militia in Benghazi decided to seize and attack the US diplomatic outpost there after gathering outside their gates for a day of protest. They were dominated by those who claimed responsibility for the assassination of US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other US diplomats.

The severity of the mortar attack convinced the base's chief and his base to abandon Benghazi altogether. Tens of thousands of Libyans marched through the streets of Benghazi to protest the militia and commemorate Stevens.

Five years have passed since Libya was destroyed, and yet no government has yet emerged to take care of its pagan heritage. Libya's important nature reserves have received little international attention and little visitation. No cultural site or museum in Libya is even remotely close, and its important natural areas receive little or no international attention, if any, according to the US National Park Service.

The Select Committee on Benghazi, set up by House Speaker John Boehner in 2014, found no documented evidence that Hillary Clinton used an unauthorized private email server for State Department business before it became a major scandal. The recent investigation, led by Republican Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), whose findings were released in late June, examined the city's history and cultural heritage, but little of what the old Benghazi left. To find out what constituted the historic past of the cities, we searched the archives of the National Park Service of Benghazi and the US Department of Homeland Security and the National Archives and Records Administration (NSA). The following list of stolen items is based on the robberies and thefts that took place in Libya in the 20th and 21st centuries, including items from the treasure of Benghazi.

The NTC Fadel Ali Mohammed was then chairman of the archaeology department in Benghazi and reported the operation to the Attorney General on 2 June 2011, asking the Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini for help. The base was under the control of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the organization that Washington blames for the 2011 killing of the US ambassador to Libya, John Stevens, and three other US diplomats in Libya. On July 4, 2011, the two Benghazi security officials were flown from the U.S. Consulate in Tripoli to their final destination. Habib, a fixer and friend since 2011, met them at an airport and they flew to Benghazi.

The city, which lies between the capital and the rebel stronghold of Benghazi in the east, had been besieged by Gaddafi loyalists for weeks and shelled with heavy artillery, as the scratched buildings show. When Gaddafi sent tanks to retake Benghazi, the US and its NATO allies intervened with air and missile strikes against him.

No sooner had the war ended than the headlines quickly reported the discovery of the Benghazi treasure, one of Gaddafi's most valuable treasures. But few knew about it until it made headlines again in 2011, after being stolen for the second time.

In an armed conflict that went hand in hand with archaeological raids and human rights violations, the treasure was shipped from Benghazi to Italy during the Italian-Allied war, which the Cyrenians fiercely resisted at the time. Seventeen years later, it was then extradited, although no one can confirm that the same contents were actually returned.

Mussolini ordered the expulsion of Jews from certain areas of Libya, and they gathered in Benghazi, but the Germans returned a second time in 1942. After the Benghazi attack, embassy staff cut off all contact with Libyans and reinforced security personnel. At that point, a one-person office had to act as Benghazi security. Libya's civil war, with Muammar Gaddafi's forces in the west and rebels in the east and the capital Benghazi. The Libyan National Army and its armed forces have nominal authority, but control only a small part of the country, from north to south.

It was noted that there was evidence that Benghazi was a dangerous operating environment and that the mission was not properly secured.

The city was reportedly inundated by NTC fighters and special forces, and reportedly inundated by "NTC" special forces fighters. After the uprising in Benghazi began, an unauthorized decision was taken to plunder the treasure of the Benghazi Museum, including more than 7,000 ancient coins. Four amphorae were stolen, but the only other recognizable antiquities were a collection of gold coins and a small number of silver coins, some of which were discovered as a possible anchorage. The treasure was taken to a bank in the nearby Dujal Hotel in Benghazi and then looted. According to reports, on 25 May 2011, the "treasure of Benghazi" was stolen from the bank and Interpol was alerted.

Clinton was allowed to dismiss the email scandal and the Benghazi issue in general as a fabricated partisan sideshow during her testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. At a subsequent hearing before the Benghazi committee, Clinton continued to stress the need for diplomats to continue working on the front lines despite the danger.

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