<i>The U.S. consulate in Benghazi after an attack on September 11, 2012 that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya. (Esam Al-Fetori / Courtesy Reuters)</i>
<i>Seen here in Tripoli on June 27, 2012, U.S. Ambassador to Libya L. Christopher Stevens (center) was killed in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Since the revolution, many have hailed the NATO-backed intervention in Libya a success. (Anis Mili / Courtesy Reuters)</i>
<i>Libyans celebrate in Benghazi on October 23, 2011. The country's new rulers had declared the country free from Muammar al-Qaddafi's 42 years of one-man rule just days earlier, saying the "Pharaoh of the times" was now in history's garbage bin and a democratic future beckoned. But a tough road lay ahead. (Esam Al-Fetori / Courtesy Reuters)</i>
<i>The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on fire. Rebel factions have chafed across the country since the revolution. (Esam Al-Fetori / Courtesy Reuters)</i>
<i>Damage inside the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. The toppling of Muammar al-Qaddafi has unleashed a host of new security challenges across North Africa. (Esam Al-Fetori / Courtesy Reuters)</i>
<i>Protesters destroy an American flag pulled down from the U.S. embassy in Cairo on September 11, 2012. Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi added fuel to the fire by encouraging anti-American rage. (Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Courtesy Reuters)</i>
<i>President Obama, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, delivered remarks following Stevens' death. Many have argued that the U.S. intervention in Libya was part of a new "Obama Doctrine." (Jason Reed / Courtesy Reuters)</i>
<i>U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney made remarks on the attack, which inserted foreign policy into the campaign. (Jim Young / Courtesy Reuters)</i>
<i>A U.S. flag is seen at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on September 12, 2012. Click to read complete coverage of the revolution in Libya and what has followed. (Esam Al-Fetori / Courtesy Reuters)</i>

Gallery: Siege in Benghazi

On September 11, 2012 armed militia attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Four Americans were killed, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens. There is controversy over whether the attack was linked to concurrent protests against a film mocking Islam's prophet and a violent demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. Up until the attacks many hailed the NATO-backed intervention in Libya a success.

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