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