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New York Times says Al Qaeda not behind Benghazi attack

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A New York Times reports indicates that Al Qaeda was not behind the deadly September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya.

The newspaper story contradicts what many in Congress and the White House has said about the attack. It also calls into question Republican accusations that the Obama administration engaged in a cover-up on the incident.

There are three major points of contention surround the incident: whether the attack was premeditated, sparked by an anti-Muslim video, and if Al Qaeda was involved.

The New York Times says the Obama administration's version of events, which focused on outrage over the inflammatory video, is incorrect. The article noted, "The reality in Benghazi was different and murkier... Benghazi was not infiltrated by Al Qaeda, but nonetheless contained grave local threats to American interests."

The publication added that the attack was neither "meticulously planned" nor "spontaneous." The article says that the anti-Muslim video did motivate the initial attack.

U.S. Ambassador CHris Stevens and three other Americans died during in the attack at the U.S. Diplomatic Compound.

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