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US Hired al-Qaida-Linked Group to Defend Benghazi Mission
NewsMax ^ | 05/03/2013 | John Rosenthal

Posted on 05/03/2013 9:17:45 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The Libyan militia group that the State Department hired to defend its embattled diplomatic mission in Benghazi had clear al-Qaida sympathies, and had prominently displayed the al-Qaida flag on a Facebook page for some months before the deadly attack.

That organization, the February 17th Martyrs Brigade, was paid by the U.S. government to provide security at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. But there is no indication the Martyrs Brigade fulfilled its commitment to defend the mission on Sept. 11, when it came under attack.

The assault claimed the lives of four Americans: Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, information officer Sean Smith, and former Navy Seals Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. Stevens was the first U.S. ambassador killed in the line of duty since 1979.

Several entries on the militia’s Facebook page openly profess sympathy for Ansar al-Sharia, the hardline Islamist extremist group widely blamed for the deadly attack on the mission. The State Department did not respond to a Newsmax request for an explanation as to why the February 17th Martyrs Brigade was hired to protect the mission.

On April 23, House Republicans released an interim progress report on their investigation into the Benghazi killings. It cited “numerous reports” that “the Brigade had extremist connections, and it had been implicated in the kidnapping of American citizens as well as in the threats against U.S. military assets.”

The report also stated that just a few days before Stevens arrived in Benghazi, the Martyrs Brigade informed State Department officials they no longer would provide security as members of the mission, including Stevens, traveled through the city.

From June 2011 to July 2012, Eric Nordstrom, the regional security officer for Libya at the time, documented more than 200 security threats and violent incidents threatening to U.S. personnel in Libya.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsmax.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; benghazi; benghazisecurity; february17thmartyrs; libya; martyrsbrigade
Yet despite those threats, repeated requests for additional security from the mission went unheeded by the State Department, for reasons that remain unclear.
1 posted on 05/03/2013 9:17:45 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

NewsMax Exclusive: The original cover photo on Facebook page of the February 17th Martyrs Brigade, displaying the al-Qaida banner.
2 posted on 05/03/2013 9:18:58 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Our top govenment officials may have top degrees, but we have some of the dumbest people in govenment right now, and the State Departments is home to the dumbest.


3 posted on 05/03/2013 9:21:00 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: SeekAndFind

And the GOP is doing what about Hillary hiring ZQ?

Nothing. Lets keep voting tor them.


4 posted on 05/03/2013 9:22:54 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

Sorry...AQ Al Queida


5 posted on 05/03/2013 9:23:38 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: elpadre

Epic Fail for Hussein.

Despite treason, attacks on America and killing Americans, the muslim-in-chief STILL hasn’t been able to free his terrorist buddy “the blind sheik” from jail or to close Gitmo.


6 posted on 05/03/2013 9:24:27 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: SeekAndFind

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3015210/posts


7 posted on 05/03/2013 9:29:45 AM PDT by Principle Over Politics (Is this a free country or what?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Talk about the fox guarding the chicken coop.


8 posted on 05/03/2013 9:30:32 AM PDT by kenmcg (scapegoat)
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Only "unclear" to the Left because Osama is dead, thus the 'strife' with AQ must be over and Obysmal is victorious .... right? Thus this must be anybody but AQ & no need for security. /s

Of course, it's not so "unclear" to those of us who recognize the "strapping, young, Muslim socialist" in the WH for what he is.

9 posted on 05/03/2013 9:35:43 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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Fear not, State Department employees, continue to impose the agenda, because Obama has your back.
10 posted on 05/03/2013 9:38:37 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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So we hired the fox to guard the henhouse...


11 posted on 05/03/2013 9:43:32 AM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper
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Hillary hired them intentionally, probably with a recommendation from Huma Abedin.

America needs someone to tie Hillary’s schedule and phone and email records with “donations” to Bill’s “foundation”.


12 posted on 05/03/2013 9:45:43 AM PDT by Yehuda
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"we have some of the dumbest people in government"

Some of them couldn't find their own butts with both hands. If we did our jobs like some of these people we would have been fired long ago!

13 posted on 05/03/2013 9:54:00 AM PDT by kcvl
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Seems to me if we can pay a 'militia' group of assault weapon owning furreners to protect our national interests , then we can pay a gun owning militia group like the Minutemen to help guard the Border.

Or pay CCW owners to help guard schools.

14 posted on 05/03/2013 9:59:02 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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No wonder Hillary didn’t want to answer questions about her screw-up.


15 posted on 05/03/2013 10:22:25 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SeekAndFind

Did Obama WANT his Ambassador murdered?


16 posted on 05/03/2013 11:58:33 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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Was he hoping that everyone would be murdered?

Three Facts

Fact One:

1) Only the POTUS can authorize a CBA (cross border authority) command for a rescue mission in a foreign nation.

Plus Fact Two:

2) No rescue mission was attempted.

Equals Fact Three:

3) 0bama turned his back on 41 State Dept. and CIA employees refusing to issue a CBA command and went to bed so he could go to Las Vegas the next day.

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Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer: My sources tell me Obama was in the room watching Benghazi attack video 10-27-2012

Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer said tonight that his sources tell him that Obama was one of the people in the room watching the Benghazi attack go down and both he and Col. David Hunt agree it would have taken an order by the president to intervene. Further, Col. Hunt said that we were only 20 min away by jet and a couple of hours away by AC-130 gunships and special forces, and the decision not to intervene had to be political.


17 posted on 05/03/2013 1:16:29 PM PDT by TigersEye (If babies had guns they wouldn't be aborted)
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To: SeekAndFind

You get what you paid for...


18 posted on 05/03/2013 4:48:41 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great natiorn is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: TigersEye

What do you expect from Hussein?


19 posted on 05/07/2013 3:45:25 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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