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Clinton warns of rising militancy at Benghazi hearing

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies January 23, 2013 in Washington
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the September 11, 2012 attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on January 23, 2013.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned of the challenges posed by rising militancy after the Arab Spring as she appeared before US lawmakers Wednesday to be grilled about a deadly attack.

"Benghazi didn't happen in a vacuum," Clinton said at the start of a Senate hearing into the September 11 assault on a US mission in eastern Libya. "The Arab revolutions have scrambled power dynamics and shattered security forces across the region."