A man walks near a charred vehicle at the entrance of the U.S. Conulate, in Benghazi, Libya, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. The deadly Sept. 11 attack on the consulate killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Credit: AP
The U.S. government had the ability to "react and respond" to the Benghazi terrorist attack and could have had forces on the ground before the second wave of the assault began, a special operator with knowledge of the response told Fox News in an exclusive interview. Due to the explosive nature of his allegations, the special ops member asked to remain anonymous.
“I know for a fact that C 110, the EUCOM CIF, was doing a training exercise, not in the region of northern Africa, but in Europe. And they had the ability to react and respond," he told Fox News.
The C 110 is a 40-man Special Ops force capable of rapid response and deployment, a group trained specifically for an event like the Benghazi attack, Fox News reports. The unit was training in Croatia on Sept. 11, 2012, just 3.5 hours away from Benghazi.
"They would have been there before the second attack," the anonymous special operator said. "They would have been there at a minimum to provide a quick reaction force that could facilitate their exfil out of the problem situation."
He continued: "Nobody knew how it was going to develop, and you hear a whole bunch of people and a whole bunch of advisors say, 'Hey, we wouldn’t have sent them there because the security was unknown situation.' If it’s an unknown situation, at a minimum you send forces there to facilitate the exfil or medical injuries. We could have sent a C 130 to Benghazi to provide medical evacuation for the injured."
The special operator said there are members of special ops and other officials who are still active and involved in the situation. "They would be decapitated if they came forward with information that could affect high-level commanders," he added.
While he says he doesn't "blame them for not coming forward," the special operator said members of the community feel betrayed and believe the betrayal goes all the way to the top. Further, the Special Ops community feels like the Americans in Benghazi were left to fend for themselves.
The White House has said from the beginning that there were no forces available to assist Americans in Benghazi on Sept. 11. Four Americans were killed in the attack on the U.S. compound, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, State Department worker Sean Smith and former U.S. Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.
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This story has been updated.