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Obama knew attack on US Embassy in Libya was terror strike

US intelligence officials and the White House knew almost immediately that Ambassador Craig Stevens was killed by a coordinated terrorist strike -- and not by mobs, enraged by an anti-Islamic movie, according to broadcast reports today.

The Obama administration privately labeled the attack a terrorist act, setting off proper internal protocol to address the rocket barrage that blew up the US consulate in Benghazi, senior US officials told Fox News Channel.

It’s still not clear, though, why US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice initially connected the Sept. 11 strike in Benghazi to protests over “Innocence of Muslims’’ -- a clownish anti-Islamic film made by a Coptic Christian in California.

The movie has sparked angry protests across the Middle East.

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