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New York Times: al Qaeda Not Behind Benghazi Attack

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A New York Times report says al Qaeda was not behind the deadly September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya.

The newspaper story contradicts what many in Congress and the White House have said about the attack. It also calls into question Republican accusations that Obama administration officials engaged in a cover-up of the incident.

The three main points of contention have been whether the attack was planned, whether it was sparked by an anti-muslim video - and whether al qaeda was involved.

The Times says the administration's version of events which focused on outrage over the inflammatory video isn't exactly right, either. According to the article, quote, "the reality in Benghazi was different and murkier." It says "Benghazi was not infiltrated by al Qaeda, but nonetheless contained grave local threats to American interests."

The Times adds that the attack was neither "meticulously planned" nor "spontaneous." It says the anti-Muslim video did motivate the initial attack.

U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans died in the attack at the U.S. diplomatic compound.

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