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Three emails that contain the earliest description of what happened at Benghazi on the night of the attack were

put out by the State Department as the attack unfolded. CBS broke the story. Email one: At 4:05 p.m. Eastern time, Tuesday September 11 2012, an alert from the State Department Operations Center was issued to a number government and intelligence agencies. Included were the White House Situation Room, the office of the Director of National Intelligence and the FBI. It read: "US Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi Under Attack" -- "approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well. Ambassador Stevens, who is currently in Benghazi, and four COM (Chief of Mission/embassy) personnel are in the compound safe haven." Email two: At 4:54 p.m. the State Department Operations Center sends out another alert. It read: "the firing... in Benghazi...has stopped...A response team is on site attempting to locate COM (embassy) personnel." Email three: At 6:07 p.m. the State Department Operations Center sends out another alert saying the embassy in Tripoli reported the Islamic military group "Ansar al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack"... "on Facebook and Twitter and has called for an attack on Embassy Tripoli."

Three emails that contain the earliest description of what happened at Benghazi on the night of the attack were put out by the State Department as the attack unfolded. CBS broke the story. Email one: At 4:05 p.m. Eastern time, Tuesday September 11 2012, an alert from the State Department Operations Center was issued to a number government and intelligence agencies. Included were the White House Situation Room, the office of the Director of National Intelligence and the FBI. It read: "US Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi Under Attack" -- "approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well. Ambassador Stevens, who is currently in Benghazi, and four COM (Chief of Mission/embassy) personnel are in the compound safe haven." Email two: At 4:54 p.m. the State Department Operations Center sends out another alert. It read: "the firing... in Benghazi...has stopped...A response team is on site attempting to locate COM (embassy) personnel." Email three: At 6:07 p.m. the State Department Operations Center sends out another alert saying the embassy in Tripoli reported the Islamic military group "Ansar al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack"... "on Facebook and Twitter and has called for an attack on Embassy Tripoli."