The recent incident at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is "not even close" to what happened at the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, former Benghazi Global Response Staff member John Tiegen told Fox News on Thursday.
Protests in Iraq turned violent this week, resulting in property damage to the embassy but no deaths or serious injuries. Members and supporters of the military network known as Hashed al-Shaabi, or the Popular Mobilization Forces, are believed to be behind the attack, according to USA Today.
"I kind of laughed when someone said that, 'Oh, this is [President Donald] Trump's Benghazi,'" Tiegen, who worked as a security contractor at the CIA annex in Benghazi, told "Fox & Friends" on Thursday.
The 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission killed four people, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.
"To sit there and say it was just like Benghazi? There was no ambassador there and there was no consulate [and], technically, no personnel at all because they all got evacuated prior to the protesters getting there and that's the big difference between this administration and the last administration," Tiegen said.
"At least this one took a stance before it actually was coming."
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