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Video Appears to Show Libyans Retrieving Ambassador's Body

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Video Appears to Show Libyans Retrieving Ambassador's Body

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An amateur video appears to show a crowd removing the motionless body of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens from a window of the U.S. mission in Benghazi.

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An amateur video that has surfaced appears to show a crowd removing the motionless body of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens from a window of the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, after it was attacked last week by Islamist militants, adding new details to reports that Mr. Stevens had died of smoke inhalation while locked in a safe room.

The video emerged as a new disagreement broke out between the president of the Libyan Parliament and U.S. officials over whether the attack was planned and whether Al Qaeda had a role.

Labeled the work of Fahd al-Bakkosh, the video centers on what appears to be the same tall, narrow window that witnesses have described as Mr. Stevens's last exit. The witnesses said residents drawn to the scene had forced open the window and found Mr. Stevens behind a locked iron gate, pulled him out and taken him to the hospital. In the video, none say anything that shows ill will.

"I swear, he's dead," one Libyan says, peering in.

"Bring him out, man! Bring him out," another says.

"The man is alive. Move out of the way," others shout.

"Move, move, he is still alive!"

"Alive, alive! God is great," the crowd erupts, while someone calls to bring Mr. Stevens to a car.

Mr. Stevens was taken to a hospital, where a doctor tried to revive him, but said he was all but dead on arrival.

The full identity and motivation of the attackers remains a matter of dispute. Considerable suspicion has fallen on a local Benghazi militia, Ansar al-Sharia, known for its intensely conservative and anti-democratic Islamist politics. Fighters and others present at the attack said the motive was anger at a video produced in the United States that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad.

On Sunday, Mohamed Yussef Magariaf, president of Libya's newly elected national congress, said in interviews with the U. …

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