Two of my SEAL brothers (Doherty and Woods) were in Benghazi, working with the CIA on an intelligence mission to locate shoulder fired surface-to-air missiles that were stolen by Al Qaeda when Libya fell. They heard several shots being fired near the consulate. It was recorded that Ty radioed to inform his superiors and tell them what he was hearing and requested permission to assist at the consulate. However, they were told to “stand down!” An hour later, they called again to report the gunfire and requested to assist and were again told to “stand down!” WHY? And by whom? Only the President can give the order to military units to cross a country’s borders.
On or about midnight, while shooting in various areas was still going on, it was reported that Woods and Doherty called for any U.S. military support they could get because they were taking fire at the CIA safe house/annex. The request was denied. There were no communications problems at the annex, according those present at the compound (which was verified by the radio recordings and by the drone that was flying overhead.) The team was in constant radio contact with their headquarters. In fact, it was reported that Doherty was on the roof of the annex manning a heavy machine gun killing several terrorists when mortars were fired at the CIA compound. Because they knew that there was a drone overhead, Woods had a laser on the mortar position for targeting. However, the drone was reported to be unarmed.
It was reported that both Woods and Doherty were killing every terrorist that appeared. Ty repeatedly requested back-up support from a Specter gunship that was in a neutral area. This is a C-130 aircraft that fires 20mm bullets (about the size of a man’s thumb) and 105 howitzer rounds at laser-illuminated targets. This aircraft is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights. The aircraft was told to “stand down”! WHY? And by whom? Again, only the President can give the order to military units to cross a country’s borders or not to.
It was learned that the fighting at the CIA annex alone went on for more than four hours; this was enough time for any planes based in Spain, Italy, or Djibouti to arrive and assist. However, two separate Tier One Special operations forces were told to wait: a special Marine FAST unit and Delta Force operators. WHY? And by whom? Only the President can give the order to military units to cross a country’s borders. Why did the president NOT give the order?
It was learned through various witnesses that the end came when the terrorists fired mortar rounds that detonated on top of the annex. It is believed that Doherty was killed when the mortar exploded, and Ty Woods was mortally wounded. Woods bled out from his wounds for several hours after he was hit. This was reported by those who were sent in to recover the Ambassador’s body; and when they saw the type of wounds that Woods had received from the exploded mortar round and the amount of blood that he had lost, it was speculated that he had lived for perhaps 1 or 2 hours before he finally died from the loss of blood.
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