Analysis: Lead in New York Times story about the attacks on U.S. embassy

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By Brett Stolpestad

The lead in this story identifies some very specific information regarding the nature of the attack and those involved, including the victims of the attack.

The New York Times leads with identifying the perpetrators as a heavily armed Islamist militant group, including information about the types of weapons and amount of force used in the attack.

The details about the heavily armed militant group and the lightly defended U.S. embassy are meant to introduce further issues about the radicalization of groups and countries in the Arab Spring.

This lead is effective because it introduces the main point of the article which focuses strategically planned attack by the Islamist militant group and the death of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

The lead also introduces questions and concerns being raised about the rising violence in Libya.

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