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Commanders suggest a 2nd group in Benghazi attacks

2 years 11 months 2 weeks ago July 10, 2014 Jul 10, 2014 Thursday, July 10 2014 July 10, 2014 3:41 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Newly revealed testimony from top military commanders suggests that well-trained attackers executed the deadly dawn assault on a CIA complex in Benghazi, Libya, that followed the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission the previous night.

The initial attack on Sept. 11, 2012, killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and a communications specialist and set the mission ablaze.

Nearly eight hours later at the CIA complex nearby, two American contract security officers died in a mortar attack. Retired Gen. Carter Ham told Congress in closed-door testimony released late Wednesday by lawmakers that the second assault showed clear military training.

According to the testimony, a new team of militants probably seized on reports of violence at the diplomatic mission the night before and hit the Americans while they were most vulnerable.

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