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September 20th, 2012
09:35 AM ET

How will US's role in Middle East shape presidential election? CNN's Elise Labott reports

New details have emerged regarding the attack in Benghazi that claimed the lives of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. The nation's counterterrorism chief reports to Congress Wednesday that an act of terrorism was responsible for the death of the four Americans killed in Libya.

Sources tell CNN, that Ambassador Stevens expressed concerns about security in the months before he died – specifically mentioning a rise in Islamic extremism and a growing al Qaeda presence in Libya.

Reports from sources also say the Stevens was worried about what he called the never-ending security threats in Benghazi and his name being mentioned on an al Qaeda hit list.

With tensions in the Middle East heating up as the presidential campaigns near election day, how will the US's role in the region shape the race? CNN's foreign affairs reporter Elise Labott explains to John Berman on "Early Start."

Filed under: 2012 election • Libya • Middle East • Politics
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