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CIA rushed operatives to help stem Libya attack

Agency provides timeline of effort to save diplomats

WASHINGTON — The CIA rushed security operatives to an American diplomatic compound in Libya within 25 minutes after it had come under attack and played a more central role in the effort to fend off a nightlong siege than has been acknowledged publicly, US intelligence officials said Thursday.

The agency mobilized the evacuation effort, took control of an unarmed US military drone to map possible escape routes, dispatched an emergency security team from Tripoli, the capital, and chartered aircraft that ultimately carried surviving American personnel to safety, US officials said.

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