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U.S. official: Consulate attack in Libya was terrorism
 
A demonstrator holds a sign during a rally in Benghazi condemning the killers of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and the attack on the U.S. Consulate.
A demonstrator holds a sign during a rally in Benghazi condemning the killers of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and the attack on the U.S. Consulate.
REUTERS/Esam Al-Fetori

A top U.S. counterterrorism official told Congress on Wednesday that the assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi last week, which left four Americans dead, was a "terrorist attack" with a possible al Qaeda connection. Whether perpetrators planned in advance to attack on Sept. 11 is still being probed, said Matthew Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center. Democrats and Republicans have been disputing whether the siege was premeditated.

 

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