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Ex-head of military team in Libya: security weak

9:24 AM, Oct 10, 2012   |    comments
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BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The former head of a 16-member U.S. military team in Libya says the consulate in Benghazi, where the U.S. ambassador was killed, was never able to get the number of forces it needed to protect the compound.

Lt. Col. Andrew Wood's testimony, prepared for a House hearing Wednesday, said that security protection in Benghazi remained a struggle the entire time he was in Libya from mid-February to mid-August.

He said that in April, there was only one U.S. diplomatic security agent stationed in Bengazi.

State Department officials who served in Libya are expected to testify that requests for more security were ignored or denied.

Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in an attack on Sept. 11.

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