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US lawmakers get first look at dramatic footage of Benghazi attack

Published on Nov 16, 2012 8:52 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US senators got their first look Thursday at dramatic video footage of the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya as they probed the government's response to the assault.

The September 11 attack killed four Americans including the US ambassador, Chris Stevens and President Barack Obama's administration is under fire over security at the consulate and for its evolving narrative about the assault.

"The film is a composite from a number of sources," said Senator Diane Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, after she and her colleagues attended a closed door viewing "It is real time and it begins before the incident started and it goes through the incident and the exodus," she added.

The deputy chairman of the panel, Senator Saxby Chambliss, said the hearing with US intelligence officials made clear that errors were committed. "We know mistakes were made and we have to learn from that," he told reporters.

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