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  • The secret war behind Benghazi (lot's of good info)

    02/10/2013 2:14:36 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 100 replies
    NYPost.com ^ | 2/10/2013 | KYLE SMITH
    Obama gave his chief counterterrorism advisor, John Brennan, who is now the nominee to be the next leader of the CIA, a blank check. Brennan could do just about whatever he needed to do in North Africa and the Mideast, contend Murphy and Webb. Brennan chose to conduct a dangerous classified war without looping in Stevens, who paid with his life for his ignorance, according to the book. The Joint Special Operations Command, which Brennan controls, is a collection of special forces outside of the regular military command originally formed as a hostage-rescue team. But in the middle of last...
  • After Benghazi attacks, Islamist extremists akin to al-Qaeda stir fear in eastern Libya

    10/26/2012 9:06:11 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Oct. 26, 2012 | By Abigail Hauslohner
    DARNA, Libya — Operating from the shadows, armed Islamist extremists are terrorizing the eastern Libyan city of Darna, six weeks after the deadly attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi threw a spotlight on Libya’s growing religious extremism. A campaign of bombings and death threats aimed at Libyan government targets is being blamed on armed Islamist extremists, including the city’s most powerful militia, the Abu Slim Martyrs Brigade, whose ideology residents say is akin to al-Qaeda’s. What is unfolding here may be the most extreme example of the confrontation underway across Libya, underscoring just how deeply the fundamentalists have sown...
  • Benghazi consulate had only one U.S. security agent, Congress told

    10/10/2012 11:12:08 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 10/10/12 | Larry Margasak and Bradley Klapper - Associated Press
    WASHINGTON -- The former head of a 16-member U.S. military team in Libya said Wednesday the consulate in Benghazi, where the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed, never had the forces it needed to protect itself. Lt. Col. Andrew Wood told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that U.S. security was so weak that in April, only one U.S. diplomatic security agent was stationed in Benghazi. The committee hearing followed assertions Tuesday night by the State Department that it never concluded that the Sept. 11 attack stemmed from protests over an American-made video ridiculing Islam. Ambassador Chris...
  • Libyans storm militia in backlash of attack on US

    09/21/2012 8:50:24 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | September 21, 2012 | AP
    ...Residents of another main eastern city, Darna, have also begun to stand up against Ansar al-Shariah and other militias. The anti-militia fervor in Darna is notable because the city, in the mountains along the Mediterranean coast north of Benghazi, has long had a reputation as a stronghold for Islamic extremists. During the Gadhafi era, it was the hotbed of a deadly Islamist insurgency against his regime. A significant number of the Libyan jihadists who travelled to Afghanistan and Iraq during recent wars came from Darna. During the revolt against him last year, Gadhafi's regime warned that Darna would declare itself...
  • Libyan, Once a Detainee, Is Now a U.S. Ally of Sorts (bin Qumu, al Qaeda leader of ambassador raid?)

    09/15/2012 1:13:29 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 24, 2011 | ROD NORDLAND and SCOTT SHANE
    (April 24, 2011) Abu Sufian Ibrahim Ahmed Hamuda bin Qumu was a prisoner at the Guantánamo Bay prison, judged “a probable member of Al Qaeda” by the analysts there. They concluded in a newly disclosed 2005 assessment that his release would represent a “medium to high risk, as he is likely to pose a threat to the U.S., its interests and allies.” Today, Mr. Qumu, 51, is a notable figure in the Libyan rebels’ fight to oust Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, reportedly a leader of a ragtag band of fighters known as the Darnah Brigade for his birthplace, this shabby port...
  • Libya: Former Guantánamo detainee is training rebels

    04/03/2011 11:46:32 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/3/2011 | Nick Allen
    Former detainee at Guantánamo Bay has taken a leading role in the military opposition to Col Muammar Gaddafi, it has emerged, alongside at least one other former Afghan Mujahideen fighter. Rebel recruits in the eastern port city of Derna are being trained by Sufyan Bin Qumu, a Libyan who was arrested following the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, and held at Guantánamo for six years. Port city of Derna, Libya Abdel Hakim al-Hasidi, a senior Libyan rebel commander in Derna, was also held following the invasion of Afghanistan and handed over to Libyan custody two months later. Both men...
  • Ex-Mujahedeen Help Lead Libyan Rebels (Gitmo detainee)

    04/02/2011 4:45:38 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | APRIL 2, 2011 | CHARLES LEVINSON
    DARNA, Libya—Two former Afghan Mujahedeen and a six-year detainee at Guantanamo Bay have stepped to the fore of this city's military campaign, training new recruits for the front and to protect the city from infiltrators loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi... Abdel Hakim al-Hasady, an influential Islamic preacher and high-school teacher who spent five years at a training camp in eastern Afghanistan, oversees the recruitment, training and deployment of about 300 rebel fighters from Darna... Sufyan Ben Qumu, a Libyan army veteran who worked for Osama bin Laden's holding company in Sudan and later for an al Qaeda-linked charity in Afghanistan,...
  • Concern Grows Over Jihadist Numbers in Eastern Libya (May 2012, all we needed to know)

    09/12/2012 6:40:03 PM PDT · by barryobi · 10 replies
    Diplomats and other observers in Libya say that with elections one month away, the National Transitional Council is struggling to exert control over various militia prominent in the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi. One source briefed by Western intelligence officials said that of particular concern is the city of Derna on the Mediterranean coast some 160 miles (260 kilometers) west of the Egyptian border. The source told CNN that hundreds of Islamist militants are in and around the town, and there are camps where weapons and physical training are provided to militants. He said one official had described the area as...
  • [Vanity] [Book] The Wars of the Barbary Pirates

    11/23/2008 6:32:49 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 15 replies · 1,949+ views
    Osprey Publishing ^ | 11/23/08 | CE2949BB
    The Wars of the Barbary PiratesEssential Histories #66Osprey Introduction Most Americans are unaware that, as a young republic, their nation fought a war with the Barbary pirates, the North African corsairs who plied the waters of the Mediterranean at the turn of the 19th century in search of ships to loot and men to enslave. This is perhaps not surprising, for the wars were conducted on a small scale, over a short period of time, and at a considerable distance from American shores. They were, moreover, the product of one of the most inglorious – even degrading – episodes in...