The story of Glen Doherty, a Navy SEAL killed in Benghazi

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On September 11, 2012, diplomatic mission in Benghazi come under attack, US Ambassador to Lybia John Christopher Stevens and three other American citizens died while several were wounded. One of the Americans killed in the line of duty was the former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty. A security and surveillance contractor working for the CIA, and it was supposed to be his last assignment. He worked for the CIA’s Global Response staff in Libya on Sept. 11 last year when the call for help came. He was in Tripoli while the call for help came from the diplomatic mission in Benghazi — a “consulate” in name only.

“Greg, Greg, we are under attack,” were the last words from Ambassador John Christopher Stevens to his deputy Greg Hicks over the phone from Benghazi office shortly after the attack began around 9:30 p.m.

“If you don’t get here we are going to die,” the radio operator at the tactical operations center in Benghazi pronounced on the radio from the improvised consulate.

Glen Doherty was part of the quick reaction force consisting of eight U.S. military or former military that left Tripoli in the rush to help rescue the Stevens and his colleagues at the consulate. His task was the same as the task of the 21 CIA personnel at the CIA annex one mile from where Ambassador Chris Stevens’ and the others came under attack.

The quick reaction force sent to Benghazi left Tripoli at about midnight local time, after chartering a local plane for the rescue. There were no U.S. air assets in Tripoli, and the team had to go on their own. Doherty and the rest of the team sent to help arrived at the CIA annex at 5:15 a.m. after being delayed for several hours at the Benghazi airport by the Libyan security forces. The CIA annex, a fortress-like compound with several buildings, is where the American citizens in Benghazi had retreated and the body of State Department official Sean Smith had been brought after the initial attack. At the time, Chris Stevens was still missing.

Immediately upon arrival, Glen Doherty joined Tyrone Woods, another highly trained former Navy SEAL, on the roof of one of the buildings at the CIA annex. Within minutes, mortars were fired on their position leaving both, Doherty and Woods killed.

In the video broadcasted by Fox News, Glen Doherty was shown in the compilation video made by his friends from the outtakes of an NBC series that he worked on in 2009. The series, The Wanted, was a reality show that involved looking for war criminals around the world.

Glen Doherty provided security and surveillance for the show’s production team as it chased in one case a well-known financier of the 9/11 attacks through the streets of Hamburg. He talks about the car chases and how he managed to stay awake on stake-outs and discusses his impressions of his friends Adam, Roger, and Scott, whom he protected on those shoots. The video compilation is being shown with the permission of Doherty’s mother, Barbara, to provide insight into who Glen Doherty was and why the nation should honor his service.

Glen Doherty’s Libya assignment was supposed to be his last for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He had been offered a more suitable job in the private sector that would have allowed him to get out of the line of fire. Glen told his future employer that he had one last job to do. That job was in Libya. On September 11, 2012, his last assignment was in Benghazi.

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