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U.S. State Department Seeks Extra Security Funding After Benghazi Probe

An armchair and furniture float in the swimming pool of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi following an attack on the building in September 11 in which the US ambassador to Libya and three other US nationals were killed.
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. State Department will request billions of dollars in additional funding from Congress to improve security at diplomatic outposts following the September attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Deputy Secretaries of State William Burns and Thomas Nides presented the request during hearings in the House and Senate foreign affairs committees on December 20.

The request includes money for additional Marine deployments, security-related construction, and a 5-percent increase in diplomatic security officials.

A probe released this week described "grossly inadequate" security at the Benghazi mission, where a terrorist attack killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens on September 11.

The State Department has also created a new position to oversee high-threat posts, focusing on U.S. missions in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Pakistan, several Middle Eastern countries, and others.

With reporting by Reuters and AFP
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