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Petraeus believed terrorists behind Libya attack

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WASHINGTON (AP) - David Petraeus believed all along that the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya was a terrorist strike.

That is what the ex-CIA director told lawmakers Friday morning during private hearings.

Lawmakers say Petraeus testified that the CIA's talking points written in response to the assault on the diplomatic post referred to it as a terrorist attack. But Petraeus told lawmakers the reference was removed by other federal agencies who made changes to the CIA's draft.

It is his first Capitol Hill appearance since resigning last Friday over an extramarital affair.

Republicans and some Democrats have demanded an explanation of why the administration initially said the attack stemmed from a protest over an anti-Muslim video.