The Straits Times
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Published on Sep 19, 2012
 

Clinton denies any advance warning of Libya attack

 
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denied on Tuesday that Washington was warned of an imminent attack in Libya, stressing the United States (US) would not rest until those behind the killings of four Americans are brought to justice.

"We had no actionable intelligence that an attack on our post in Benghazi was planned or imminent," Mrs Clinton told a press conference after State Department talks with Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa.

"We are taking aggressive steps to protect our staffs in embassies and consulates worldwide," Mrs Clinton said, amid a wave of anti-US protests around the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

The UnS is also "reviewing our security posture at every post and augmenting it where necessary", she added, stressing that Washington was also working with host governments "to make sure they know what our security needs are". A suicide bombing in Kabul on Tuesday added to a growing toll of people killed in the week-long violent backlash triggered by a YouTube trailer for a film mocking Islam.