Dangerous diplomacy: A look at U.S. diplomats killed in the line of duty

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  • Several U.S. diplomats have died after being attacked
  • They include then-Ambassadors Christopher Stevens, John Mein and Francis Meloy

(CNN)Diplomacy can be dangerous. U.S. diplomats have come under attack in various places in the last few decades.

Here's a look at U.S. diplomats who have been killed in the line of duty.

1968 in Guatemala

    The first U.S. ambassador assassinated while in office was John Gordon Mein, the U.S. ambassador to Guatemala.
    According to a telegram from the embassy in Guatemala City, a young man dressed in fatigues and carrying a sub-machine gun on August 28, 1968, ordered Mein's vehicle to stop and for the ambass