Skeptics say Middle East attacks organized

Stirrings on Hill for probe of strikes in Libya, Egypt

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While Libyan officials last week said several militants had been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the attack, U.S. officials so far have offered few details of the investigation.

Stevens and three other Americans were killed late Tuesday when protesters stormed the U.S. compound in Benghazi.

In telephone interviews with The Washington Times last week, several residents in Benghazi said there had been two distinctly different groups involved in the assault on the U.S. diplomatic outpost.

The residents described a scene that began as a relatively peaceful demonstration against the film. The situation did not turn violent until a group of heavily armed militants showed up and “hijacked” the protest, the residents said.

The original group of protesters was joined by a separate group of men armed with rocket-propelled grenade launchers, the residents said.

Obama administration officials have been reluctant to call what happened in Benghazi an act of terrorism.

“I don’t think we know enough. And we’re going to continue to assess,” Ms. Nuland told reporters on Monday, calling Ms. Rice’s conclusions “our preliminary assessments.”

The protests against the film have spread across much of the Muslim world, have caused officials at some embassies to cancel business and have spawned questions in Washington over whether diplomatic posts have adequate security.

The Associated Press reported that at least 10 protesters have died in the riots.

The legislation introduced Friday by Republican Sens. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Bob Corker of Tennessee would require the president to submit a report to Congress on the attacks within 30 days, and for the secretary of state to submit a report on embassy security within 90 days.

The State Department didn’t respond to a question from The Washington Times about whether it supported or opposed an independent congressional investigation.

This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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Guy Taylor

Guy Taylor

Guy Taylor is the National Security Team Leader at The Washington Times, overseeing the paper’s State Department, Pentagon and intelligence community coverage. He’s also a frequent guest on The McLaughlin Group and C-SPAN.

His series on political, economic and security developments in Mexico won a 2012 Virginia Press Association award.

Prior to rejoining The Times in 2011, his work was ...

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