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For the Record': The Calls for Help That Went Unanswered Before '13 Hours

The action film “13 Hours” tells the true story of the Americans who were left to fight their way out of the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

The movie centers on the heroics of a small group of Americans who fought-off a terrorist attack as their calls for help went unanswered. Four Americans died that night, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

It has been widely reported that Stevens had warned the Department of State about the deteriorating conditions in the area. It’s also well documented that he made numerous requests to for additional security. Those requests were denied.

Less than a week before the deadly attack, a United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) report described how the militias were taking advantage of the lax security in the area.

“Annie,” a former CIA and FBI informant with direct knowledge of the intelligence reports in this case told For The Record, "I was getting requests and taskings to identify specific targets and threats to US persons and facilities in the months leading up to Benghazi, so the intelligence community was clearly receiving a variety of information and chatter that there were credible threats.”

Those reports pointed to the October 2011 overthrow and death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi as the event that triggered unleashed terror in the region.

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