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Army Gen. Carter Ham, head of U.S. Africa Command, lacked what is called a commander in-extremis force, which other combatant forces have set up to respond to crises such as Benghazi. (Associated Press)

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Army Gen. Carter Ham, head of U.S. Africa Command, lacked what is called a commander in-extremis force, which other combatant forces have set up to respond to crises such as Benghazi. (Associated Press)

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Gen. Carter Ham, head of U.S. Africa Command, said Africa-based terrorist groups are sharing their training, funding and bomb-making materials. They pose a threat to the U.S. and the region, he said. (Associated Press)

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Gen. Carter Ham, head of U.S. Africa Command, said Africa-based terrorist groups are sharing their training, funding and bomb-making materials. They pose a threat to the U.S. and the region, he said. (Associated Press)

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Gen. Carter Ham, the head of the U.S. African command, attends a conference on terrorism in the Sahara in Algiers, Algeria, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. The two-day conference on terrorism in the Sahara was originally expected to focus just on al-Qaida, but has now become inextricably tied up with the civil war in neighboring Libya. (AP Photo)

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** FILE ** In this March 24, 2011, file photo U.S. Army Gen. Carter Ham, the top U.S. Commander for Africa, speaks at a press conference at the the Sigonella airbase in Sicily, Italy. Ham told the Associated Press the military mission in Libya is largely complete and NATO's involvement could begin to wrap up as soon as next week, when allied leaders meet in Brussels. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

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U.S. Army Gen. Carter Ham, the head of the U.S. Africa Command, attends a conference on terrorism in the Sahara in Algiers, Algeria, on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. (AP Photo)

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Two MV-22 Osprey vertical-takeoff-and-lift aircraft land, one carrying U.S. Army Gen. Carter Ham, commander of the U.S. military mission in Libya, at the Sigonella air base on the Italian island of Sicily on Thursday, March 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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From left, Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen, Defense Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Defense Department general counsel Jeh Johnson, Gen. Carter Ham, commander of the United States Army Europe and co-chairman of the Comprehensive Review Working Group, take their seats on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, prior to testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy hearing. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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A report sits in front of the seat for Gen. Carter Ham, commander of the United States Army Europe and co-chairman of the Comprehensive Review Working Group, on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. prior to the Senate Armed Services Committee's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy hearing. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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From left, Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Defense Department general counsel Jeh Johnson, and Gen. Carter Ham, commander of the United States Army Europe and co-chairman of the Comprehensive Review Working Group, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, before the Senate Armed Services Committee's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy hearing. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson, left, and Army Gen. Carter Ham, speak to reporters on gays in the military, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)