Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Obama nominates first U.S. envoy to Libya since deadly Benghazi attacks

Jones is pictured in Kuwait City in 2010, when she was ambassador to Kuwait. The White House chose her for the Libya post. She must be confirmed by the Senate.

Associated Press (2010)

Jones is pictured in Kuwait City in 2010, when she was ambassador to Kuwait. The White House chose her for the Libya post. She must be confirmed by the Senate.

WASHINGTON — A veteran diplomat who has served in Syria, Kuwait and Turkey has been chosen to return to the Middle East as the new U.S. ambassador to Libya, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday.

If confirmed by the Senate, Deborah K. Jones will fill a post that has been vacant since Ambassador Christopher Stevens died along with three other Americans in the Sept. 11 militant attacks on U.S. facilities in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.

Jones' nomination coincided with the first official visit to Washington by Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, who said Libyan authorities remain committed to bringing to justice the perpetrators of the attacks.

The embassy Jones would lead is located in the capital, Tripoli; there has been no U.S. diplomatic presence in Benghazi since the deadly assault on the consulate and a nearby CIA station.

The death of Stevens, the first U.S. ambassador to be killed in hostilities since 1979, led to sweeping changes in diplomatic protection, communication and oversight after an independent review board found that security was "grossly inadequate" at the Benghazi facility. The debacle is sure to resurface during the Senate confirmation hearings for Jones.

Jones is now a scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington. She joined the State Department in 1982, according to her online biography at the institute, and served as ambassador to Kuwait from 2008 to 2011, as well as in various positions at U.S. embassies in countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia and Syria.

Obama nominates first U.S. envoy to Libya since deadly Benghazi attacks 03/13/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 11:33pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Tribune News Service.
    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Pasco tax roll shows increase, but so, too, are budget requests

    Local Government

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County's tax roll grew by more than 5 percent in 2016, but it's a figure that likely would require local government budget writers to trim proposed spending requests.

    OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
New construction accounted for $693.5 million in taxable property values being added to the Pasco County tax rolls in 2016, according to preliminary estimates released by Property Appraiser Gary Joiner. Overall, the property tax roll grew more than 5 percent, according to the preliminary numbers.

  2. Tampa Bay Super Bowls: A brief history and some predictions for 2021

    Bucs

    At last, Tampa will host a Super Bowl again. It used to be that the Cigar City would host one a decade, but by the time February 2021 rolls around, it will have been 12 years since the epic showdown between the Steelers and Cardinals. Because it has been awhile, let's revisit those past Super Bowls while also peering …

    Santonio Holmes hauls in the game-winning touchdown in the Steelers' 27-23 Super Bowl XLIII victory over the Cardinals in 2009, the last time Tampa hosted a Super Bowl. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
  3. Rays bats go silent in second straight loss to Angels (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Sure, Alex Cobb was to blame for the Rays' 4-0 loss on Tuesday.

    Derek Norris strikes out with the bases loaded as the Rays blow a golden opportunity in the seventh inning.
  4. Analysis: Manchester attack was exactly what many had long feared

    World

    LONDON — For Britain's security agencies, London always seemed like the likely target. For years, the capital of 8 million with hundreds of thousands of weekly tourists and dozens of transit hubs had prepared for and feared a major terror attack.

  5. Dade City man dies after crashing into county bus, troopers say

    Public Safety

    ZEPHYRHILLS — A 38-year-old man died Tuesday after colliding into the rear of a county bus on U.S. 301, the Florida Highway Patrol said.