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President Obama privately informed members of Congress that Libya "is all Secretary Clinton's matter," according to one of the recordings. Generals were concerned he was being misinformed.

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Losing control: Col. Moammar Gadhafi ruled Libya with an iron fist, but U.S. military leaders were looking for a way to avoid a power vacuum.

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Echoes of the past: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recalled the Rwanda genocide in making her case for U.S. intervention in Libya. (Associated Press Photographs)

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U.S. Ambassador Susan E. Rice voted to approve a resolution to impose a no-fly zone over Libya and authorize "all necessary measures" to protect Libyan civilians from attacks by government forces. She and National Security Council member Samantha Power joined Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign against Gadhafi.

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House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., demands answers of witnesses from the State Department and the CIA, as it holds its third public hearing to investigate the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where a violent mob killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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A Libyan military soldier walks past damage inside a building that was used by Islamic militias for fighting in Benghazi, Libya. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Illustration on a coalition government for Libya by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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A Libyan follower of Ansar al-Shariah Brigades chants anti-U.S. slogans during a protest in front of the Tibesti Hotel, in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 14, 2012 (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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House Select Committee on Benghazi chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Republican (left) and ranking member Elijah E. Cummings, Maryland Democrat, commenced hearings Wednesday on the implementation of the Accountability Review Board recommendations following the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya that resulted in several American deaths. (Associated Press)

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“The REAL Benghazi Story” hits bookstore shelves Tuesday, just in time for the two-year anniversary of the terrorist attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Libya. Author Aaron Klein explains how the Obama administration “cannot be trusted with U.S. national security.”

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Islamists who gained control of a U.S. Embassy residential compound in Libya last week posted a video online of the men throwing a spring break-like pool party at the property. (YouTube)

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** FILE ** This Sept. 13, 2012, file photo shows a man walking the burned shell of the U.S. Consulate, in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. (AP photo/Mohammad Hannon, File)

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** FILE ** Smoke rises from the direction of Tripoli airport in Tripoli, Libya, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Rival militias battled Sunday for the control of the international airport in Libya's capital, as gunfire and explosions echoed through the city and airlines canceled some international flights. (AP Photo)

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In this image made from video by The Associated Press, smoke rises from the direction of Tripoli airport in Tripoli, Libya, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Rival militias battled Sunday for the control of the international airport in Libya's capital, as gunfire and explosions echoed through the city and airlines canceled some international flights. (AP Photo)

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Ahmed Abu Khatallah, an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, was captured by U.S. special forces on Sunday. (Associated Press)

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FILE - This undated file image obtained from Facebook shows Ahmed Abu Khattala, an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, who was captured by U.S. special forces on Sunday, June 15, 2014, on the outskirts of Benghazi. Khattala, charged in the 2012 Benghazi attacks, is in U.S. custody amid tight security at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Washington, Saturday, June 28, 2014. Khattala faces criminal charges in the deaths of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. (AP Photo, File)

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FILE - This undated file image obtained from Facebook shows Ahmed Abu Khattala, an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, who was captured by U.S. special forces on Sunday, June 15, 2014, on the outskirts of Benghazi. Abu Khattala was a prominent figure in the eastern city of Benghazi's thriving circles of extremists, popular among young radicals for being among the most hard-core and uncompromising of those calling for Libya to be ruled by Islamic Shariah law. But he was always something of a lone figure. (AP Photo, File)

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**FILE** Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, accompanied by President Obama, meets Sept. 12, 2012, with State Department personnel in the courtyard of the State Department building in Washington after the president spoke at the White House concerning the recent deaths of Americans in Libya. (Associated Press)

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Ahmed Abu Khatallah, an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, was captured by U.S. special forces on Sunday. (Associated Press)

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This Jan. 23, 2013 shows then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifying on Capitol Hill on the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)