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House Creates New Committee To Probe Benghazi Attack

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to open a fresh probe into the 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

Armed militants attacked U.S. diplomatic posts in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, killing U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

The Republican-run U.S. House of Representatives voted mainly along party lines on May 8.

Republicans accused the Obama administration of doing too little to repulse the attacks. They also said the administration later distorted events in a bid to protect President Barack Obama's image as tough on terrorism and help boost his re-election chances in November 2012.

The Obama administration says officials tried to provide the public with the best information available at a time when U.S diplomatic posts were facing angry demonstrations across the Muslim world over a YouTube video mocking Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

Eight investigations on Benghazi have already taken place.

They have faulted the State Department for failing to provide adequate security.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP and AP