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TODAY   |  December 30, 2013

NY Times report: Al Qaeda not involved in Benghazi

A lengthy New York Times investigation into the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans suggests that the attack was carried out not by al Qaeda, as some top Republicans contest, but by local militants, though the story does challenge the administration’s claim that the attack was spontaneous.

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>> renewed debate between the white house and republicans after a lengthy new york times investigation into the attack in benghazi and what it could mean if hilary clinton decides to run for president. it killed four americans including the ambassador. kristen welker is here with more on that. good morning to you.

>> good morning. nice to see you. this is one of the most comprehensive reports to suggest that the attack was not carried out by al qaeda but rather local militants. it also says the attack was fuelled in large part by anger at an american-made video denigrating islam. the congressman argued the intelligence showed the plan was made by al qaeda . white house officials don't dispute the time story which bolsters much of their account. it does challenge the claim that the attack was spontaneous tanota. at the time hilary clinton took responsibility for the security failures. it's unlikely this controversy and debate will go away any time soon.

>> probably not. thank you very