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Obama Names New Ambassador to Libya

March 13, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama nominated a career diplomat Tuesday to serve as the next ambassador to Libya, replacing the ambassador who was killed in a terrorist attack in Benghazi along with three other Americans last year.

Deborah K Jones has served with the State Department since 1982 and was ambassador to Kuwait from 2008 to 2011. She is also a scholar-in-residence at the Middle East Institute think tank in Washington and has taught at the US Naval War College.

Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the consulate in Benghazi on September 11.

The incident prompted political outrage in the United States over early characterizations of the attack by officials as a protest gone awry rather than a coordinated attack. The attack also raised questions about security for diplomatic personnel.

Jones has held diplomatic posts in Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia and Syria.

Her nomination must be confirmed by the Senate.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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