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Clinton angrily defends handling of Benghazi attack

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton angrily defended her handling of the Sept. 11 attack on the US mission in the Libyan city of Benghazi and denied any effort to mislead people.

By turns emotional and fierce, Clinton choked up as she spoke of comforting the victims' families and grew angry when a Republican senator accused the Obama administration of misleading the country over whether the Benghazi incident stemmed from a protest.

"With all due respect, the fact is that we had four dead Americans," Clinton shot back as she testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, an appearance delayed more than a month because of her ill health.

"Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they'd go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?" she said, making chopping motions with her hands for emphasis.

Clinton cast the incident as part of a long history of such violence as well as the result of regional instability since the Arab Spring of popular revolutions began in 2011.

Clinton is expected to step down in the coming days once her designated successor, Senator John Kerry, is confirmed by the US Senate.


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