The U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, repeatedly requested additional security but were denied, officials who worked at the embassy testified at a Wednesday hearing before the House Oversight Committee. The U.S. State Department also now claims that it never concluded that the attack on the Benghazi Embassy was caused by an anti-Muslim video.
"The security in Benghazi was a struggle and remained a struggle throughout my time there. The situation remained uncertain and reports from some Libyans indicated it was getting worse. Diplomatic security remained weak. In April, there was only one U.S. diplomatic security agent stationed there. The [regional security officer] struggled to obtain additional personnel there but was never able to attain the numbers he felt comfortable with," Lt. Col. Andrew Wood said.
The Benghazi embassy was attack by the al-Qaida terrorist organization on Sept. 11. The terrorists killed four Americans in the attack, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. more >>
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, commonly referred to as North Korea, has warned that its rockets have the capability to reach the U.S. mainland, in the wake of what it sees as plans to invade its shores.
"We do not hide (the fact) that the revolutionary armed forces ... including the strategic rocket forces are keeping within the scope of strike not only the bases of the puppet forces and the U.S. imperialist aggression forces' bases in the inviolable land of Korea, but also Japan, Guam and the U.S. mainland," the KCNA said in a statement, Reuters reported on Tuesday.
North Korea was included as part of the "Axis of Evil," countries identified by former President George W. Bush as seeking weapons of mass destruction, and will likely be brought up in upcoming presidential debates between President Barack Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney. The two men recently clashed on foreign policy issues, with the former Massachusetts governor accusing Obama's administration of weakening American's leadership worldwide, therefore exposing it to more threats, while the Obama camp has tried to portray Romney as gaff-prone and unqualified to handle global conflicts. more >>
The Obama campaign has rebuked GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's recent criticism of President Barack Obama's foreign policy by describing the former Massachusetts governor's comments as "full of platitude and free of substance."
Romney delivered a lengthy speech focused exclusively on his foreign policy vision for America at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va., on Monday, where he took aim at Obama's strategy, claiming that the current administration had weakened America's hold on Middle East affairs and its place as global leader.
"America's security and the cause of freedom cannot afford four more years like the last four years," Romney said. "I am running for President because I believe the leader of the free world has a duty, to our citizens, and to our friends everywhere, to use America's great influence -- wisely, with solemnity and without false pride, but also firmly and actively -- to shape events in ways that secure our interests, further our values, prevent conflict, and make the world better-not perfect, but better." more >>
Multiple sources have confirmed that about 25 to 30 Christian college students were massacred at a university in northeastern Nigeria late Monday night, causing Christians to pray for a "change of heart" among the extremist Islamist group Boko Haram to put a stop to the continued violence.
While there is speculation as to the motive of the massacre, sources close to the human rights watchdog Open Doors USA confirm that the massacre was performed by Boko Haram.
Emily Fuentes, the communications and public relations coordinator for Open Doors who recently visited Nigeria and spoke to Christian leaders about Boko Haram, told The Christian Post that believers around the world can agree that prayer is the "only thing that will change the people of Boko Haram." more >>
A 9-year-old boy was killed and several others were hurt in a grenade attack on a children's Sunday school class in Kenya's capital Nairobi on Sunday morning. Two of the injured are said to be critical.
The children were attending a Sunday school class at 10:30 a.m. when a hand grenade thrown into the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) St. Polycarp church in the Pagani area in Nairobi exploded, Morning Star News, a newly opened U.S.-based news agency focusing on Christian persecution, reported, quoting a source who visited the site.
Pagani is next to Nairobi's largely Somali-immigrant area of Eastleigh. more >>
Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan argued Sunday that the current unrest in the Middle East is the result of President Barack Obama's foreign policy.
"We're seeing the ugly fruits of Obama foreign policy unravel on our TV screens," Ryan said in a "Fox News Sunday" interview. "Syria – you got 20,000 dead people. Iran is closer to a nuclear weapon. The Middle East peace process is in shambles and we have our flags being burned all around the world. Russia is thwarting us at every stage in the process. This is a weak foreign policy with terrible results, which makes us less safe."
On foreign policy issues, surveys indicate that voters prefer Obama. When a recent Pew Research Center poll asked registered voters which candidate would do better at "making wise decisions on foreign policy," 53 percent answered Obama while only 38 percent answered Mitt Romney, a 15 percentage point advantage for Obama. more >>