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  • No "stand down order" in Benghazi

    July 10, 2014 7:15 PM

    WASHINGTON- Testimony from nine members of the military contradicts claims by some Republican members of Congress that a "stand down order" held back military assets that could have saved four Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya. The contention from the lawmakers is that the Special Operations team of four was... more »
  • Commanders suggest a 2nd group in Benghazi attacks

    July 10, 2014 4:41 AM

    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... more »
  • Libyan militant faces detention hearing for Benghazi attack

    July 2, 2014 8:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Libyan militant now in U.S. custody in the Benghazi attacks faces a court appearance where federal prosecutors will argue why he should remain in detention. The hearing for Ahmed Abu Khattala is before Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson. In court papers filed Tuesday night, the U.S.... more »
  • Libyan militant in federal law enforcement custody

    June 28, 2014 10:46 AM

    WASHINGTON - A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Washington says a Libyan militant charged in the 2012 Benghazi attacks is in federal law enforcement custody and there is heightened security at the city's federal courthouse. Spokesman William Miller declined further comment regarding Ahmed Abu Khattala at this time.... more »
  • Libya demands US to handover Benghazi suspect

    June 18, 2014 9:14 AM

    TRIPOLI, Libya - The Libyan government has denied it had prior knowledge of the U.S. capture of a top suspect in the deadly 2012 assault on Americans in Benghazi and demanded his return. In a statement read on television Wednesday, the interim government condemned the seizure of Ahmed Abu Khattala,... more »
  • US aims for trial of Benghazi suspect held on ship

    June 18, 2014 2:15 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The capture of an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, gives U.S. officials a rare moment of good news. Now they are preparing to try the captured Libyan in the U.S. court system and pledging to redouble efforts to catch others... more »
  • US seizes Benghazi suspect in deadly Libya attack

    June 17, 2014 10:41 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. special forces seized a "key leader" in the deadly Benghazi, Libya, attack and he is on his way to face trial in the U.S. for the fiery assault that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, the Obama administration announced Tuesday. It was the first breakthrough... more »
  • Rogers defends creation of select Benghazi panel

    May 13, 2014 6:54 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is defending creation of a special investigation into the attack at Benghazi. Republican Rep. Mike Rogers says Congress owes this to Americans who will be asked to conduct "expeditionary diplomacy" in an increasingly dangerous world. Rogers tells MSNBC lawmakers "want... more »
  • Democrats weigh role in new Benghazi probe

    May 9, 2014 10:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Democrats say before they decide whether to take part in a new investigation of Benghazi, they want assurances from House Speaker John Boehner that the probe will be bipartisan, and not a political spectacle. Party leaders have been meeting today with rank-and-file Democrats to decide whether to... more »
  • House Democrats weigh role in new Benghazi probe Play Video

    May 9, 2014 2:42 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Divided House Democrats are weighing whether to participate in a new investigation of the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, or boycott the election-year inquiry of a tragedy they accuse Republicans of politicizing. Democrats will meet Friday to decide the next step. Republicans rammed through a resolution on... more »
  • House votes to create new Benghazi investigation

    May 8, 2014 5:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has voted to establish a new investigation of the deadly assault in Benghazi, Libya, with Republicans vowing to dig deeper in a search for truth. Democrats say the election-year inquiry is actually a political ploy to raise campaign cash and motivate GOP voters, and they're weighing... more »
  • House set to approve select Benghazi investigation

    May 8, 2014 2:25 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republicans are set to begin a special investigation into the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, raising the stakes in a political battle with the Obama administration as the midterm election season heats up. Democrats are considering a boycott of the committee,... more »
  • GOP's point man on Benghazi is seasoned prosecutor

    May 7, 2014 2:12 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Republicans' newest point man on the Benghazi attack, congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, is a seasoned prosecutor determined to apply his courtroom skills to an election-year examination of the Obama administration. The two-term congressman will lead a special select committee investigating the events surrounding the... more »
  • GOP sharpens focus on Benghazi as midterms loom

    May 6, 2014 2:14 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Republicans are sharpening their focus on the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, as midterm elections loom closer, with a likely vote this week on establishing a select House committee to investigate the Obama administration's response. Wrangling over a subpoena of Secretary of State John Kerry will... more »
  • Obama: Congress must 'fully fund' embassy security

    May 16, 2013 12:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to "fully fund" his administration's budget request for embassy security. The request comes as Obama seeks to get ahead of the controversy over his administration's response to the attack last September in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans. Obama said he... more »
  • Benghazi report authors offer to testify in public, not private

    May 16, 2013 10:30 AM

    WASHINGTON - The authors of a report on the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, are telling a House Republican that they will testify in public -- but they won't submit first to private interviews with investigators for a House oversight panel. Thomas Pickering and former Joint... more »
  • GOP demands more despite Benghazi email release

    May 16, 2013 8:46 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House's release of nearly 100 pages of emails and notes about the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, has failed to satisfy congressional Republicans demanding more information. A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner says that Republicans hoped the limited release of... more »
  • White House releases Benghazi emails

    May 15, 2013 6:54 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House has released 99 pages of emails and a single page of hand-written notes documenting how the administration crafted its public talking points immediately following September's deadly assault on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya. Among the details, the documents show that then-CIA Director David... more »
  • Senate passes bill to improve embassy security

    February 5, 2013 6:59 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has approved legislation that would allow the State Department to transfer up to $1.1 billion to improve security at U.S. embassies in the wake of the deadly assault last year at the U.S. Consulate in Libya that killed four Americans. The measure now heads to the... more »
  • AP Interview: Clinton raps her Benghazi critics

    February 1, 2013 5:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is leaving office with a slap at critics of the Obama administration's handling of the September attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya. She says they don't live in an "evidenced-based world" and that their refusal to accept the administration's statements... more »
  • Clinton to face Congress on Libya assault

    January 23, 2013 6:15 AM

    WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton faces tough questions in her long-awaited congressional testimony concerning the assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Clinton is the sole witness Wednesday at back-to-back hearings before the Senate and... more »
  • GOP senators seek more answers after meeting with Rice

    November 27, 2012 2:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice says talking points she relied on when publicly discussing the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya simply had it wrong, and there was "no intention to mislead the American people." Rice and acting CIA Director Michael Morell met today... more »
  • Reid to McCain: No need for special Libya panel

    November 16, 2012 4:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Democratic leader in the Senate is rejecting Sen. John McCain's request for a Watergate-style congressional committee to investigate the deadly Sept. 11 raid in Libya. In a letter Friday to McCain, Sen. Harry Reid said he refuses to allow the Senate to be used as a "venue... more »
  • Petraeus due at Capitol for Benghazi questioning

    November 16, 2012 9:01 AM

    WASHINGTON -Former CIA Director David Petraeus has arrived on Capitol Hill to field questions from lawmakers about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya. He's testifying behind closed doors before both the House and Senate intelligence committees. Some Republicans claim the White House deliberately misled the public on... more »
  • Lawmakers shown video of Benghazi attack

    November 15, 2012 6:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - Lawmakers have seen a video made drone surveillance and security camera video that showed them in real time the attack in Libya that killed four Americans, including the ambassador. Top intelligence officials showed them the footage as part of hearings on the attack in September on the diplomatic... more »
  • CIA deputy: Rice got initial assessment on Libya

    November 15, 2012 4:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - The deputy CIA director has told lawmakers that U.N. ambassador Susan Rice was provided with an unclassified version of what happened during the deadly Sept. 11 attack in Libya that later proved to be incorrect. Mike Morell briefed members of the House Intelligence committee on Thursday. Emerging from... more »
  • Petraeus to testify about Libya Friday

    November 15, 2012 7:57 AM

    WASHINGTON - Former CIA Director David Petraeus will testify before the House Intelligence committee Friday on events that led to the death of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in an attack on the U.S. Consulate at Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11. Spokesmen for the committee say the... more »
  • CIA denies it detained militants in Benghazi

    November 12, 2012 2:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - The CIA is denying an assertion made by David Petraeus' biographer and girlfriend that the agency held militants in Libya before the Sept. 11 attack. During a talk last month at the University of Denver, author Paula Broadwell said the CIA had detained people at a secret facility... more »
  • Panetta: Aircraft not close to stop Libya attack

    November 9, 2012 2:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is telling Congress that the military did not have armed aircraft near Libya that could have helped defend against the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. In a letter to Republican Sen. John McCain... more »
  • White House widens covert war in North Africa

    October 2, 2012 4:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - Small teams of U.S. special operations forces arrived at American embassies throughout North Africa to set up a new counterterrorist network months before militants killed the U.S. ambassador in Libya. But officials say the network was too new to stop the Benghazi attack. The White House approved the... more »
  • House committee: security requests denied in Libya

    October 2, 2012 10:29 AM

    WASHINGTON - Leaders of a House committee say U.S. diplomats in Libya made repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi but the pleas were denied in Washington. The Oversight and Government Reform Committee officials said Tuesday they received the information from individuals with direct knowledge of the situation. The Sept.... more »
  • A Benghazi power, Libya militia eyed in attack

    September 18, 2012 3:38 PM

    BENGHAZI, Libya - Members of a hardcore Islamist militia in Libya are the focus of much of the suspicion in last weeks' attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to that country and three other Americans. The militia is known for its sympathies to al-Qaida, and its fierce animosity to the... more »
  • Libyan says some suspects in custody in consulate attack

    September 13, 2012 5:06 PM

    BENGHAZI, Libya - There's word of arrests in Libya, in the killing of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. A Libyan official says an unspecified number of militants suspected of taking part in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi have been arrested. And he says others are... more »
  • US officials say 2 warships moving toward Libya

    September 12, 2012 7:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. officials say the Pentagon is moving two warships to the Libyan coast, in the aftermath of the attack in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador and three others. Officials say one destroyer, the USS Laboon, moved to a position off the coast Wednesday, and the USS McFaul... more »

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