What the military did while Benghazi post burned


WASHINGTON (AP) — One by one, behind closed doors, the military officers explained what they did and didn't do on the night in 2012 when the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, burned.

Their testimony to congressional investigators gives the fullest account yet of the military's response to the attacks that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

Interview transcripts, with some names and classified information blacked out, were released Wednesday

The nine officers described making on-the-fly decisions with only sparse information about the crisis unfolding at a diplomatic post and the nearby CIA compound.

None was in Benghazi. The closest was 600 miles away in Tripoli, the Libyan capital. Others gave orders from command headquarters in Germany or Washington.

The officers shed light about a number of questions. Yet more linger.

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