American Killed in Libya Was on Mission to Track Weapons
One of the Americans killed alongside Ambassador Christopher Stevens in an attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya Tuesday was working with the State Department on an intelligence mission to round up dangerous weapons .
Glen Doherty, former Navy SEAL, worked as a contractor with the State Department and went into the field to track down MANPADS, shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles, and destroy them. After the fall of dictator Gadhafi, the State Department launched a mission to round up thousands of MANPADS that may have been looted from military installations across the country. U.S. officials were concerned the MANPADS could fall into the hands of terrorists, creating a threat to commercial airliners.