Skip to comments.State Department names groups behind Benghazi strike
Posted on 01/10/2014 9:36:30 AM PST by mandaladon
The State Department on Friday for the first time blamed specific groups and militants for the 2012 Benghazi attack, designating them as terrorists -- a move that further undermines initial claims the attack was spontaneous.
The department announced that it was labeling Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi and Ansar al-Sharia in Darnah as terror organizations, in part over their role in the Benghazi attack. It applied the same label to Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia, over a separate attack on Americans in Tunis.
The State Department also labeled as terrorists Sufian bin Qumu, head of the Darnah branch and a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, and Ahmed Abu Khattalah, head of the Benghazi branch.
Fox News previously reported that the two were suspected of playing a role in the attack. And despite State Department claims that Al Qaeda leadership was not involved and a recent news report echoing that assessment, Fox News has learned that bin Qumu has Al Qaeda ties.
According to his Guantanamo file, he has historic ties to the Al Qaeda network, including training at one point at "Usama bin Laden's Torkham camp."
The State Department, in its announcement Friday, specifically discussed allegations against the Ansar al-Sharia branches.
"Ansar al-Shari'a in Benghazi and Ansar al-Shari'a in Darnah have been involved in terrorist attacks against civilian targets, frequent assassinations, and attempted assassinations of security officials and political actors in eastern Libya, and the September 11, 2012 attacks against the U.S. Special Mission and Annex in Benghazi, Libya," the department said. "Members of both organizations continue to pose a threat to U.S. interests in Libya."
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Was the Tea Party one of them?..................
Group = Islam
For what reason are we to believe a single word coming out of the State Department these days? They lost *all* credibility over a year ago.
What about the group Al Obamadmin?
And Al Secostate?
So it wasn’t a Youtube video?
Probably Tea Party members that make movies. /s
Ansar al Sharia IS al-Qaeda.
It is the name that Osama bin Laden himself wanted to replace al Qaeda with.
What about all the guys screaming that they were from Morsi?
So now what?
First it was, then it wasn't, then just last week the NYT corrected EVERYBODY, informing us that, yes, indeed, it WAS a youtube video. Now, we go back to not a video?
Anybody wanna wager and predict when we go back to it being a youtube again?
Yep...FReepers were talking about this back in September 2012...
“Oh, tough guy, eh?”
Anyone wanting on or off this ping list, please advise Republicanprofessor.
My money is on those rascals of the Al-Falfa gang.
Has anybody claimed that Bush was there inciting the mob, yet?
But the reports I read said it was Ansar al-Hollywood.
What changed? Has Her Majesty been informed?
“Some filmmaker who’s video had 35 page views...”
There, the State Department has gotten tough and NAMED NAMES as to who was responsible!
Barack, Hillary, Joe, Valerie
If the recent Slimes story was an attempt to cover for Hilary, then this seems to be a rejoinder meant to neuter that defense. Why and at whose direction? Kerry? Obama?
I thought they already caught their man (sarcasm)
Lawyers get paid to pick nits. Since these groups were “labelled” terrorists today, does that mean they weren’t terrorists before today? It’s a technicality, but in a treason trial, where the punishment could be death, the defense will attempt to use every technicality to save their client(s).
So, if these groups weren’t technically “terrorists” before today, then the Obama administration knowingly providing them aid and comfort say before the attack on Benghazi might technically not be treason. Nice try, Democrats, but won’t work. It’s still treason.
Right before elections?
Exactly. After reading the article, my question is, “What’s the rest of this story?”
The NY Slimes article is just the piece that the Hillary campaign will use to show it wasn’t her.
Everything else is irrelevant and the media will ignore.
Proving yet again that the current regime can lie to the world with impunity since the ass-kissing lapdog media will not call them on their lies and dec eptions like the ‘video caused the reaction’ crap which protects their demigoddess hatellary and give commanded cover to little barry bastard boy.
TREASON - continuous, in-your-face, agency-abetted, media-complicit, representative-enabled, ongoing
R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods. Condolences to your families. Condolences to your friends.
Ugh. This is almost more trouble than it’s worth. Getting frustrated today.
Wait a minute — wasn’t it an anti-islamic video that was the sole cause for the Benghazi attack?
It’s all so confusing, to say the least.
Did they find a bankers box with the files in Hillary’s old apartment?
According to the administration, the inhabitants saw a video on YouTube and got really mad and brutally attacked and killed the ambassador and three soldiers.
So then, those people are so mentally unbalanced and unstable that they can not control their primitive savage instincts and they resort to violence.
I see. That’s a good reason for locking the borders to keep them out, and for kicking out the ones who are already here. We don’t need any subhuman savages.
“What, at this point, DIFFERENCE does it make??”
Impeachment File for B. Hussein Obama, aka Barry Soetoro, a documented legal citizen of the Sovereign Nation of Indonesia.
I believe I read that Minister Farraklown has been quoted as having said”
” Them BUSHES were behind this thing”
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