Officers say no 'stand-down order' for Benghazi


WASHINGTON (AP) — Military officers have testified that there was no "stand-down order" that held back military assets that could have saved the four Americans killed at a diplomatic outpost and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya.

Their closed-door testimony to Congress earlier this year, and just released this week, undercuts the contention of Republican lawmakers.

The "stand-down" theory centers on a Special Operations team that was stopped from flying from Tripoli to Benghazi after the attacks of Sept. 11-12, 2012, had ended. Instead, it was instructed to help protect and care for those being evacuated from Benghazi and from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli.

The senior military officer who issued the instruction to "remain in place" and the detachment leader who received it say it was the right decision and has been mischaracterized.

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