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Separately, U.S. counterterrorism officials told lawmakers Thursday that uncooperative or less-than-capable local law enforcement in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia is slowing the search for suspects in the deaths of the four Americans.

Authorities in the region have not arrested many of the suspects whom the U.S. wants to question about the attack on the American compound in Benghazi, according to two U.S. officials briefed at a private House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing Thursday, during which counterterrorism, intelligence and law enforcement chiefs disclosed the information to lawmakers.

 This article is based in part on wire service reports.