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House Panel Rejects Benghazi Conspiracies

Two-year inquiry finds no wrongdoing by CIA, military, White House

(Newser) - The House Intelligence Committee spent two years investigating conspiracy theories about the 2012 Benghazi attack and has concluded they're mostly just hot air. Here's the takeaway paragraph from the AP :
  • The investigation "determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team,
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Book: US Commandos Ordered to 'Stand Down' During Benghazi Attack

Authors say CIA station chief refused to let them begin rescue attempt

(Newser) - A new book written by US commandos guarding the American consulate in Benghazi in 2012 says they could have saved American Ambassador Chris Stevens, but the CIA station chief there refused to let them respond when the attack began. The book, 13 Hours, was obtained by the New York Times... More »

US Evacuates Libya Embassy

US personnel leave Tripoli for Tunisia

(Newser) - The United States shut down its embassy in Libya today and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli, the State Department said. Officials blamed intensified fighting between rival militias. The withdrawal underscored the Obama administration's concern about the heightened... More »

Benghazi Suspect Found Dead in Libya

Faraj al-Shibli's body discovered in eastern town

(Newser) - With Ahmed Abu Khattala facing justice in the US, another suspect in the Benghazi attack has been found dead in eastern Libya, CNN reports. What happened to Faraj al-Shibli is uncertain. A local militia in the town of Marj detained him this weekend, a source tells CNN; his body was... More »

Khattala's Fervor, Not Video, Behind Benghazi: Prosecutors

Documents say he was armed when captured

(Newser) - In newly released court documents, prosecutors laying out the case against alleged Benghazi mastermind Ahmed Abu Khattala allege that he was "motivated by his extremist ideology"—and make no mention, New York observes, of that infamous anti-Muslim YouTube video US officials initially blamed for the attack. Prosecutors say... More »

Suspected Benghazi Ringleader Pleads Not Guilty

Ahmed Abu Khattala held in Washington, DC

(Newser) - The Libyan militant accused of helping coordinate the 2012 Benghazi attacks has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy. Ahmed Abu Khattala , who was flown to Washington, DC, was being held at the US District Courthouse there, the New York Times reports. In court, he wore a two-piece black track suit and... More »

Inside the Life, Capture of Alleged Benghazi Ringleader

Ahmed Abu Khattalah was captured without a shot being fired

(Newser) - What now for Ahmed Abu Khattalah, the alleged mastermind of the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi who has been captured in a US raid? The administration says he will be tried in a federal criminal court, despite calls from Republican lawmakers for the Libyan to be held... More »

US Nabs Suspected Benghazi Mastermind

Special forces capture Ahmed Abu Khattala

(Newser) - US Special Forces captured Ahmed Abu Khattala, the man long suspected of leading the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, over the weekend in a secret raid, official sources tell the Washington Post . American troops, working with the FBI, apprehended Khattala near Benghazi, and are currently holding him... More »

Benghazi Summit Spiraled Into Muslim Hatefest

Up to 300M Muslims 'bent on destruction of Western civilization': panelist

(Newser) - A panel on Benghazi at a conservative think tank devolved into finger-pointing and "ugly taunting"—targeted at a law student wearing an Islamic head scarf, Dana Milbank writes in the Washington Post . Asking a question from the back of the room, Saba Ahmed noted that "we portray... More »

Democrats Opt to Join Benghazi Panel

Nancy Pelosi selects 5 representatives to sit on special committee

(Newser) - Democrats have chosen their Benghazi strategy: Instead of boycotting a special committee set up by Republicans to investigate the attack, they're going to play along. Nancy Pelosi today picked five Democrats to sit on the panel following what Politico calls a "heated debate" within the party on the... More »

Things Got Ugly in Libya This Weekend

Khalifa Haftar-aligned militiamen stormed parliament yesterday

(Newser) - The Libyan government maintains that it is still in control after a weekend that saw its own parliament building stormed—though whether that is the case remains unclear, reports Reuters . What happened, and what's happening, in the tumultuous country:
  • Yesterday's attack on parliament: Loyalists of retired general Khalifa
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Karl Rove Hints Hillary Suffered Brain Damage

Tosses out possibility her 2012 fall was more serious than indicated

(Newser) - Karl Rove is busily stirring the 2016 pot, not-so-subtly suggesting last week that Hillary Clinton may have brain damage. At a conference near LA Thursday, Rove brought up the December 2012 fall, concussion , and subsequent blood clot that delayed Clinton from testifying about the Benghazi attack, Politico reports. Page Six... More »

House Opens New Benghazi Inquiry

Republicans vote to create special panel for hearings

(Newser) - The House has voted to establish a new investigation of the deadly assault in Benghazi, with Republicans vowing to dig deeper in a search for truth. Democrats say the election-year inquiry is a political ploy to raise campaign cash and motivate GOP voters, and they're weighing a boycott. As... More »

Dems Should Boycott Latest Benghazi Circus

'Shameless' political circus continues: Michael Tomasky

(Newser) - A new round of Benghazi bluster is upon us, with Republicans forming a new committee to investigate events surrounding the attack. This time, the Democrats should take a stand: "They absolutely must boycott this absurd, insane, sickening, repulsive, shameful, and at the same time shame-less circus," writes Michael... More »

House GOP Ramps Up Benghazi Inquiry

Boehner to appoint special committee, while Issa supboenas Kerry

(Newser) - This week's release of White House emails related to the Benghazi attack of 2012 seems to have cinched one political reality: The issue is going to be making headlines at least through the midterms, much to the delight of the GOP base, reports Politico . Two key developments today all... More »

Email Shows White House Coaching Rice on Benghazi

Critics have long said her talk show appearance was a political move

(Newser) - The White House did coach Susan Rice on how to discuss the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, a newly released email shows. The email was sent on Sept. 14, 2012, three days after the attack, from deputy national security adviser Benjamin J. Rhodes to Rice, who was then... More »

15 of US' Benghazi Sources Have Been Killed

Senate report also concludes that consulate attack was 'preventable'

(Newser) - The US government didn't do enough to prevent the attack on the Benghazi consulate, a long-awaited Senate Intelligence Committee report concludes. The bipartisan report chastises the CIA for operating out of a different building than the State Department—a facility the military didn't even know about, the Washington ... More »

Ex-Gitmo Detainee Tied to Benghazi Attack

Abu Sufian bin Qumu was released from Libyan custody in 2008

(Newser) - A new revelation, and wrinkle, in the attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi: US officials tell the Washington Post that fighters led by Abu Sufian bin Qumu were involved in the attack. Two notable things about that: One, Qumu was once a detainee at Guantanamo Bay; he was... More »

Benghazi Attack Didn't Involve al-Qaeda: Report

Anti-Islam video did help spark violence: NYT investigation

(Newser) - A major New York Times investigation sheds new light on the debate over the attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi. Initially, officials' accounts suggested an anti-Islam video had sparked the violence on Sept. 11, 2012, but Republicans have argued that al-Qaeda was involved, citing a " cover-up ."... More »

US Teacher's Widow: I Forgive Benghazi Killers

Anita Smith: "I want them to know that I do love them"

(Newser) - The widow of a US teacher shot to death in Benghazi tells Anderson Cooper that she forgives his killers. "I don't want any revenge. I just really want them to know that I do love them and I forgive them, and Ronnie would want this," Anita Smith... More »

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