Pentagon releases Benghazi timeline

Elite US Marines arrived in the Libyan capital more than 23 hours after the deadly September 11 assault on a diplomatic mission in the city of Benghazi began, a Pentagon timeline released Friday shows.

US sees no proof that Libyan groups planned Benghazi attack

Intelligence officials said Friday that no evidence has surfaced to indicate that the Sept. 11 assault on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya was planned in advance, a conclusion that suggests the attack was spontaneous even if it involved militants with ties to al-Qaida.

West steps up Libyan presence as France and Italy send army teams

Two more Western powers said yesterday they were joining Britain in sending military advisers to help rebel forces in Libya. But media reports suggested that France and Italy had, in fact, deployed a handful of officers to the rebel headquarters in Benghazi some time ago. The announcements by Paris and Rome probably amounted to an admission – and an extension – of what was already happening.

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Robert Fisk Robert Fisk: Ottoman adventures hold lessons for our leaders

Amid the fury of the Arab awakening – not to mention our own deepening crisis over Libya – old Constantinople is a tonic, a reminder amid minarets and water, palaces and museums and bookshops and an ancient parliament and a thousand fish restaurants that this really was the only united capital the Arabs ever had.