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US State Dept faulted for Benghazi attack

An independent inquiry faults the US state department for the September 11 rocket attack in Benghazi.

A picture dated June 7, 2012 shows US ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens (L), shaking hands with Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil (R) after presenting his credentials during a meeting in Tripoli. Stevens, and three officials were killed when a mob attacked the US consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi, the interior ministry said on September 12, 2012. Picture: AFP.

WASHINGTON - An independent inquiry into the attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans on September 11, sharply criticized the State Department for a lack of seasoned security personnel and for relying on untested local militias to protect the compound, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

The newspaper cited congressional and State Department officials for the report.

The committee investigating the incident, known as an Accountability Review Board and mandated by US law, conducted its study in secret and presented its report to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday.