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David Petraeus to testify on Benghazi attacks

WASHINGTON — The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said former CIA director David Petraeus has agreed to testify to Congress about the attacks on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 that killed the US ambassador and three other Americans.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, said Wednesday that Petraeus, who resigned from the CIA post on Friday because of an extramarital affair, indicated his willingness to testify.

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‘‘He is very willing and interested in talking to the committee,’’ she said. No date for his testimony has been set.

General Carter Ham, the head of the US military’s Africa Command, said Wednesday that some of the attackers had ties to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, which was built on the remains of a former Algerian militant group.

The general said it remained unclear if the terror network led or organized the deadly assault whose victims included an American ambassador.

Al Qaeda links had been suspected in the attack on Sept. 11, but not publicly detailed, and an investigation is underway. US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three others were killed. The assault occurred around the same time that protests erupted in Muslim countries over an anti-Islam film made in the United States.

On Capitol Hill, Feinstein has been among several lawmakers who have complained that they should have been notified about an FBI investigation that led to the disclosure of Petraeus’s affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.

But she said Petraeus’s testimony will be limited to the Benghazi attacks.

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