Libya Attackers Had al Qaeda Links

    A Libyan military guard stands in front of one of the U.S. Consulate's burnt out buildings during the visit of  President Mohammed el-Megarif, not shown, to the U.S. Consulate to express sympathy for the death of the American ambassador, Chris Stevens and his colleagues in the deadly attack on the Consulate last Tuesday September 11, in Benghazi, Libya, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. The American ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed when a mob of protesters and gunmen overwhelmed the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, setting fire to it. Ambassador Chris Stevens, 52, died as he and a group of embassy employees went to the consulate to try to evacuate staff as a crowd of hundreds attacked the consulate Tuesday evening, many of them firing machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades. The Arabic writing on the building reads, " God is Great, and There is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his messenger." (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

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    United States officials have said that the perpetrators of the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that claimed the life of the American ambassador there “were linked to groups affiliated with, or sympathetic to, al Qaeda.” The news from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence is the latest in a series of revisions to information surrounding the attack, which the White House first said was the result of a spontaneous protest. “As we learned more about the attack, we revised our initial assessment to reflect new information indicating that it was a deliberate and organized terrorist attack carried out by extremists,” said Shawn Turner, public affairs director for the Director of National Intelligence.

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