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Investigative reporter Mitch Zuckoff goes deep on Benghazi. What really happened. What it could mean.

This Sept. 13, 2012 file photo shows a Libyan man investigating the inside of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after a deadly attack two days earlier. (AP)
This Sept. 13, 2012 file photo shows a Libyan man investigating the inside of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after a deadly attack two days earlier. (AP)

Between ISIS, Caliphate, Ukraine and Ebola, the events of September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya have slid to the shadows this summer.  But they’ll be back.  Hillary Clinton was secretary of state on that fiery night when a US ambassador and three more Americans were killed in Benghazi.  And Hillary Clinton is quite likely running for President.  A special House committee will dive in again next week.  Out this week, a gripping telling of what happened that night from security contractors on the ground. This hour, On Point:  a firsthand account from Benghazi.
- Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Mitchell Zuckoff, author and professor of journalism at Boston University. Co-author of the new book "13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi." Also author of "Frozen in Time" and "Lost in Shangri-La." (@mitchellzuckoff)

Kris Paronto, former member of the U.S. Army's 75th Ranger Regiment. Former CIA contract operator in Libya. (@KrisParonto)

From Tom's Reading List

New York Times: New Book Says C.I.A. Official in Benghazi Held Up Rescue — "The book, titled '13 Hours,' is the first public account of the night’s events by any of the American security personnel involved in the attack. The accusation that the base chief, referred to in the book only as 'Bob,' held back the rescue opens a new front in a fierce political battle over who is at fault for the American deaths."

Roll Call: Gowdy Hires Top Lawyer for Benghazi Committee — "After an extended period of quiet, the special committee for investigating the attacks in Benghazi may be readying for action. Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. announced Friday he has hired a retired three-star general to lead the panel’s legal team. Lt. Gen. Dana K. Chipman was the senior military lawyer for the Army for four years as judge advocate general at the Pentagon, Gowdy’s office said. He retired last November after 33 years on active duty."

BBC News: Libyan jet crashes in Tobruk near parliament -- "A Libyan military jet has crashed in the eastern city of Tobruk, causing a huge inferno and killing a child and at least two other people, officials say. The jet hit a block of flats near the new parliamentary building after developing a 'technical fault,' a security official said."

Read An Excerpt Of "13 Hours" By Mitchell Zuckoff

Closing Segment: President Obama's Case For a Broader U.S. Mission Against ISIS

Guest

Tom Bowman, NPR national desk reporter covering the Pentagon. (@tbowmannpr)

This program aired on September 8, 2014.

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