The senior intelligence officials provided a timeline of the events surrounding the attack, including a previously undisclosed detail that a CIA team in Tripoli quickly chartered a plane to reach Benghazi.
The team landed at the Benghazi airport after the initial attack, intending to locate the ambassador. As the team obtained transport and armed escort, the officials said, they learned the ambassador was almost certainly dead, and went to the CIA annex to assist with evacuation.
When the team arrived, mortar rounds began to hit the annex, killing the two security officers. The second attack lasted just 11 minutes, and less than an hour later a Libyan military unit arrived to evacuate the U.S. personnel from Benghazi.
— Jordy Yager contributed to this report.
—This report was originally posted at 8:58 p.m. and last updated at 11:10 p.m.