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GOP panel chairman dismisses general’s criticism of Benghazi response

WASHINGTON — A retired US general came under sharp criticism from a Republican committee chairman on Thursday after testifying that the Obama administration reacted weakly to the deadly 2012 attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Retired Brigadier General Robert Lovell, the star witness at a House Government Oversight and Reform Committee hearing, testified that US forces ‘‘should have tried’’ to get to the outpost in time to help save the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. He blamed the State Department for not making stronger requests for action.

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