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Pentagon drones were in Libya before Benghazi attack

Pentagon-run aerial drones were conducting surveillance in the skies above Libya prior to the deadly assault on the U.S Consulate in Benghazi last September, top intelligence officials revealed on Thursday.

The unmanned aircraft in Libya last year were operated under the Defense Department drone program and only for surveillance purposes, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told members of the House Intelligence Committee.

The drones “flying over Libya were military and were unarmed,” Clapper said.

It is the first time a U.S. intelligence official has publicly acknowledged Pentagon or CIA drone operations in Libya prior to the terrorist strike on the consulate last year.