Report: Systemic failures led to Benghazi attacks

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Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2014 3:06 am | Updated: 7:43 am, Fri Jan 17, 2014.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan Senate report on the 2012 attacks on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, say systemic failure of security for U.S. diplomats overseas led to the deaths of the ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.

The report says the intelligence community didn't send enough warnings, the State Department didn't take the warnings it did get seriously enough and the military was caught flat-footed when called on to rescue those in need.

The report released Wednesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee says the attacks could have been prevented if the State Department had accepted security on offer from the military or had closed the Benghazi facility until it could have been better secured.

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