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Benghazi row in Washington narrows on edited memo

Published on Nov 19, 2012 6:25 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The row over the assault on the United States (US) mission in Libya has narrowed to focus on how and why the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)'s determination that it was a terror attack was left out of a public "talking points" memo.

Armed militants stormed the US mission in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Sept 11 in a coordinated assault at two different locations over several hours that left US ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead.

President Barack Obama alluded to the attack being an "act of terror" almost immediately, but senior administration officials then started suggesting it resulted spontaneously from protests at an anti-Islam video posted on YouTube.

In hearings in Congress on Friday, former CIA chief David Petraeus, in his first public outing since his humbling resignation due to an extramarital affair with his biographer, said he knew from the start it was terrorism.

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