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The board, chaired by retired Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, has a mandate to examine the roles played by all parts of the U.S. government in preparing for and responding to the attack. The board also has retired military and intelligence officials on it as well.

On Wednesday, Mr. Pickering and fellow board member retired Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs, will give a classified briefings to lawmakers about the conclusions of their report.

The assault on the U.S. consulate occurred on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S. Dozens of heavily armed extremists overran and set on fire the consular compound and later attacked a nearby CIA annex.

U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens, State Department official Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, both of whom were working as security contractors for the CIA, were killed in the attack.