Fox News is reporting that the Militia group, Ansar al-Sharia, had moved into a house just outside the Benghazi Compound three weeks before the attack that killed American Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others on September 11, 2012.
It has been reported that Ansar al-Sharia helped plan and participated in the attack on the Benghazi Consulate.
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Requests for more security and personnel were denied by the US State Department in fear that it would "upset the locals". Intelligence sources have maintained that the request for a M240 machine gun to mount on the roof was one of the items denied. Another request for sandbags for fortification of the compound was also denied.
It is also being rumored that The February 17 Martyrs Brigade, which was supposed to have provided security for the Ambassador and other American personnel, were directly involved in the attacks as well.