‘New York Times' investigation reveals al Qaeda not involved in Benghazi

There's no evidence that al Qaeda or other international terror groups were behind the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, according to a months-long investigation by the New York Times.

"I've talked to some of the people I believe were perpetrators and it's just obvious from them and the people around them, they're purely local people," New York Times Cairo Bureau Chief David Kirkpatrick said.

The newspaper has brought this story full circle.

Though the attack happened on the 11th anniversary of September 11, the investigation finds the motive was exactly as first reported, that Islamic militants were outraged by an American-made video that ridiculed Islam.

"There's just no chance this was an al Qaeda attack, if by al Qaeda you mean the organization founded by Osama bin Laden," Kirkpatrick said.

Congressman Darrell Issa vocally accused the White House of a cover up, saying, "this was a terror attack from the get-go; it was never about a video."

Despite this new report, Issa is not backing down. "We have seen no evidence the video was widely seen in Benghazi, a very isolated area, or that it was a leading cause. What we do know is September 11 is not an accident."

Congressman Issa says he still believes al Qaeda affiliates were involved, and says the Times report doesn't dispute the most important fact of all: four Americans lost their lives because the American government wasn't there to help them.

The Times says what happened in Benghazi was murkier than the White House or its critics suggest, and in hindsight, there were plenty of warning signs.

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