F-16 pilots in Italy were on standby to help besieged US forces in Libya – but the order to launch never came
US fighter jets were armed and fuelled on night of the Benghazi attack
F-16s based in Aviano, northern Italy ‘could have provided air support’
Military claims the lack of re-fuelling aircraft prevented support mission
Air Force source claims jets could have refuelled on the ground in Sicily
By DARREN BOYLE FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 03:43 EST, 12 May 2016 | UPDATED: 04:13 EST, 12 May 2016
A US Air Force source has claimed that a squadron of attack jets was being armed and fuelled on the night of the deadly attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.
The jets, believed to be F-16s were on the runway ready to launch, as terrorists bombarded the US consulate, killing four Americans.
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