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President Obama's Secretary of Defense nominee Ashton Carter is signaling to lawmakers that instability in such countries as Libya and Yemen may require additional counterterrorism operations similar to the ones being conducted by the U.S. military on the Pakistan and Afghanistan border. (Associated Press)

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"If help had been coming for the last four years, we wouldn't have this problem," Aref Ali Nayed, Libya's ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and a top adviser on security policy to Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni, said in an interview. (Associated Press)

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The chairman of a special House committee created to investigate the 2012 Benghazi tragedy on Monday instructed his staff to review secretly recorded tapes and intelligence reports that detail Hillary Clinton's role in advocating and executing the war in Libya, opening the door for a possible expansion of his probe. (Associated Press)

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National Edition News cover for February 2, 2015 - Classified Benghazi weapons list unveiled: Libyan rebels jubilate after taking the city of Ajdabiya, south of Benghazi, eastern Libya, Saturday, March 26, 2011. Libyan rebels regained control of the eastern gateway city of Ajdabiya on Saturday after international airstrikes on Moammar Gadhafi's forces, in the first major turnaround for an uprising that once appeared on the verge of defeat. Ajdabiya's sudden fall to Gadhafi's troops spurred the swift U.N. resolution authorizing international action in Libya, and its return to rebel hands on Saturday came after a week of airstrikes and missiles against the Libyan leader's military. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

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Hillary Rodham Clinton is likely to face questions over whether she had an adequate plan for Libya in 2011 and whether her efforts led to the Benghazi tragedy a year later. (Associated Press)

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This image broadcast on Libyan state television Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, shows Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi as he addresses the nation in Tripoli, Libya. Libya's Gadhafi vowed to fight on against protesters demanding his ouster and die as martyr. (AP Photo/Libya State Television via APTN)

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Pro-Gadhafi supporters chant in support of the Libyan Leader at the scene of a fuel-tanker explosion, which security forces at the scene said was due to a road accident, in Tripoli, Libya Wednesday, March 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) (credit)

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The gap between Hillary Rodham Clinton's rhetoric warning of a Rwanda-like slaughter of civilians in Libya and the facts gathered by career intelligence staff is taking on significance as the former secretary of state prepares another bid for the White House and her national security credentials are re-examined. (Associated Press)

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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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The House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., left, confers with Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the ranking member on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at the start of the panel's third public hearing to investigate the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

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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)