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When Americans were under fire in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, hundreds of miles away an Air Force squadron answered the call. Its members raced to arm and ready their aircraft to provide the support those on the ground desperately needed.
“There were people everywhere. That flight line was full of people, and we were all ready to go” to Benghazi, an Air Force whistleblower, who was then based at Aviano Air Base in northeastern Italy told Fox News in an interview featured on “Special Report.”
All that was left was the order to do what they train for every day — to run to the sound of danger. It was an order that never came.
After nearly four years of silence since the terrorist attack that took four American lives, one person has stepped forward to refute the conclusion reached by the State Department Accountability Review Board that interagency response to Benghazi was “timely and appropriate.”
“I’m not trying to give away any type of [information] that could ever harm the military,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity told Fox News. “That is never my plan. I feel that some things need to come to light.”
And what he wanted the American public to know is that the air support those on the ground needed that night could have arrived in time to save lives.
“I definitely believe that our aircraft could have taken off and gotten there in a timely manner, maybe three hours at the most, in order to at least stop that second mortar attack … and basically save lives that day,” he said.
That three-hour response time wouldn’t have saved either Ambassador Chris Stevens or his information officer Sean Smith. But it could have saved the lives of former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty — they were killed in the second mortar attack.
“We could have been there. That’s the worst part,” the source told Fox News.
He said that the excuse used that a furling tanker aircraft wasn’t available that night was irrelevant. That pilots, as a matter of routine, engage in a “hot pit maneuver,” where they land and refuel without shutting down their engines.
After the attack, morale within the squadron ebbed, knowing full-well that they could have made a difference.
“People know we were stationed there and didn’t respond,” the source said.
Other sources, including “Mike,” a former team sergeant for a military anti-terror quick reaction force, have come forward to confirm the anonymous source’s claims.
“For some reason they were all shut down, and I think it leads back to a policymaker somewhere because nobody in the military is going to shut down an operation,” Mike told Fox News. “We had hours and hours and hours to do something … and we did nothing.”
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