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Libya timeline suggests cover-up in attack

The Obama administration's public versions of events in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya have been riddled with discrepancies, starting soon after the American dead and survivors left behind a charred diplomatic compound and bullet-scarred CIA building in Benghazi. Published November 14, 2012

** FILE ** A Libyan man checks out the interior of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after the attack.  (Associated Press)

Security taken early, arrived late in Benghazi

The Obama administration's new timelines for the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, reveal a significant delay in getting ground troops to the area and the negative impact of the State Department's decision to remove from the country a site security team and its aircraft that could have aided a rescue. Published November 11, 2012

Head of Africa Command not forced out

The Obama administration's decision to grant retirement to the top general of U.S. Africa Command is part of the internal jockeying that goes on among the military branches to win top war-fighting assignments and was not related to the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, a well-placed military source told The Washington Times. Published November 7, 2012

Behind the crisis in Benghazi, a commander's lack of firepower

As Americans fought for their lives in Benghazi, Libya, the Pentagon's options for direct intervention were narrowed to one: a fleet of F-16 fighters parked across the Mediterranean at NATO's air base in Aviano, Italy. Published November 4, 2012

** FILE ** In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, file photo, Libyans walk on the grounds of the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack the previous day that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. (AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri)

Lack of strike force impeded Benghazi response

As U.S. Africa Command waited for any order to rescue Americans on Sept. 11 at the besieged consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, it was missing a key unit that the Pentagon gives every regional four-star commander — an emergency strike force. Published October 28, 2012

**FILE** Libyans gather Sept. 12, 2012, at the gutted U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack the previous day that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. (Associated Press)

Pentagon mum on Libya response

The Pentagon is staying mum on why combat assets were not immediately sent to Benghazi, Libya, to aid the U.S. Consulate under attack by militants for hours on Sept. 11. Published October 24, 2012

Army Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley is fighting back, appealing a negative performance evaluation. (U.S. Army)

Colonel’s class on radical Islam leaves career in limbo

When Army Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley last year began teaching a class to fellow officers on the dangers of radical Islam, he seemed to have landed in a perfect spot. Today, Col. Dooley finds himself at a dead end while being targeted for criticism by American Islamic groups and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Published October 14, 2012

** FILE ** A Libyan man investigates the inside of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi after the attack that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (Associated Press)

Pentagon quickly eyed al Qaeda despite White House claims

The day after the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, military intelligence was spreading the word inside the Pentagon that an al Qaeda-linked group was likely responsible. Published October 2, 2012

**FILE** U.S. Army soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division, the last American unit to leave Iraq, arrive at Camp Virginia in Kuwait. (Associated Press)

Social Security numbers of military heroes posted online

The Social Security numbers of some of the nation's most highly decorated Army war heroes from Iraq and Afghanistan were posted this week by a civilian contractor on a publicly available website. Published September 28, 2012

**FILE** Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (Associated Press)

Official warns Pentagon managers not to plan for budget cuts

The Pentagon's No. 2 official has issued a new warning to Defense Department civilians and commanders not to make any plans for automatic budget cuts that are set to take effect Jan. 2, even as Congress and the White House show no sign of halting the cuts. Published September 27, 2012

This book cover image released by Dutton shows "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden," by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer. (Associated Press/Dutton)

Pentagon issues rules on how to discuss SEAL's book

The Pentagon's top intelligence official has issued guidance on how to read and discuss "No Easy Day," an ex-Navy SEAL's unauthorized account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Published September 25, 2012

Afghan security guards stand by the remnants of a tire burned during an anti-U.S. demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan, in February. In recent years, allied troops lived and trained with their Afghan counterparts. But killings of allied troops took a toll in trust. The Pentagon said Tuesday that it has stopped training Afghan troops and working with them below battalion level. (Associated Press)

Pentagon ends more mingling of U.S., Afghan troops

The 2-year-old U.S. practice of mixing American and Afghan forces 24 hours a day has produced cultural clashes that have led to an increase of "green-on-blue" slayings of U.S. troops in which Afghan security personnel turn their weapons on their trainers, says an adviser to U.S. commanders and policymakers. Published September 18, 2012