December 20, 2012 State Department officials, testifying before Congress, acknowledge that security was inadequate in Benghazi before the deadly attacks in Libya. Sen. John Kerry, who was chairman of the Senate hearing, says the diplomatic corps needs more resources.
December 19, 2012 The report on the Sept. 11 attack says that security was inadequate and depended heavily on local Libyan militias. It also criticized the State Department for ignoring requests for security upgrades.
November 21, 2012 The U.S. envoy to the U.N. is seen as a front-runner for the job of secretary of state in President Obama's second term, but her comments in the wake of the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi have made her a focus of criticism. Rice also said she looked forward to discussing Sen. John McCain's concerns over her comments with the Republican.
November 16, 2012 After attending a closed-door hearing, a Republican lawmaker insinuated that the CIA assessment of the Benghazi attacks had been changed. A U.S. official tells NPR the talking points were not changed and included references to "extremists."
November 16, 2012 The doors were closed so the nation wasn't be able to watch. One week after his scandal-tinged resignation, former CIA Director David Petraeus fielded questions from members of both the House and Senate intelligence committees.
November 2, 2012 A source familiar with the events on Sept. 11 in Benghazi says there was a sense of urgency among officials. Officials say extra forces were sent to help, but arrived late, and that they considered sending warplanes but ultimately thought it would lead to civilian casualties. Four Americans, including the ambassador to Libya, were killed in the attack.
October 24, 2012 Emails sent to the White House and other agencies reported Ansar al-Sharia's claim, Reuters and Fox News say. The issue of how quickly officials knew that terrorist groups may have been involved has become a hot topic on the campaign trail.
October 19, 2012 Ahmed Abu Khattala, leader of the Islamist militant group Ansar al-Sharia, says he hasn't been questioned about the attack that left the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans dead. But witnesses have put him at the scene.
October 5, 2012 News outlets in Turkey say that two Tunisian men were stopped at Ataturk Airport as they tried to enter the country with fake passports. They're said to be suspects in the Sept. 11 attack that left four Americans dead, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.
October 4, 2012 Three weeks after the attack on the U.S. consulate that left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead, a team of FBI investigators got to the site in Libya.
September 26, 2012 Omran Ben Shaaban was kidnapped, beaten, and shot, his family says, by supporters of the former Libyan leader.
September 24, 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney tried to raise doubts about President Obama's handling of foreign policy. The Obama campaign responded by accusing Romney of trying to politically exploit the deaths of four Americans in Libya.
September 24, 2012 "The people of the Arab world did not set out to trade the tyranny of a dictator for the tyranny of a mob," the secretary of state said today. "The people of Benghazi sent this message loud and clear on Friday when they forcefully rejected the extremists in their midst."
September 14, 2012 The film Innocence of Muslims, which denigrates Islam and its prophet, Muhammad, has put the spotlight on a little-known community. Egypt's Coptic Christians have been coming to the U.S. since the 1950s, but are emigrating in greater numbers since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak last year.