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Benghazi suspect admits anti-Islamic video was major reason behind attacks

A top suspect in the September 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi has been caught and he is spilling the beans on what the explanation was behind the attacks.

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After four Americans were killed following an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the White House, both political parties and the media scrambled to find out the reasons behind it. Just days before the attacks, a low budget short film titled "Innocence of Muslims" was released online and was very critical of the Islamic religion. The White House listed the video as a top reason for the attacks, but Republicans were quick to denounce the Obama administration for even suggesting the video was the cause. In December of 2013, the New York Times released their full investigation on the Benghazi attacks and came to the same conclusion that the White House did - the video was to blame.

Fast forward to June 2014 and Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a top suspect, was captured by members of the U.S. Delta Force. According to the New York Times, Ahmed Abu Khatallah has admitted that the video was a major reason.

"What he did in the period just before the attack has remained unclear. But Mr. Abu Khattala told other Libyans in private conversations during the night of the attack that he was moved to attack the diplomatic mission to take revenge for an insult to Islam in an American-made online video."

The attacks in Benghazi have been one of the main talking points in conservative circles and often used to discredit former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the probability of her presidential run becomes even more certain. With continued reports that it wasn't a lack of trying but more a fluke video that caused the attacks, the Republican talking points are being knocked down one by one.

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