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  • Rookie judge to preside over Benghazi trial

    07/13/2014 4:47:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    wa po ^ | July 7, 2014 | Al Kamen and Colby Itkowitz
    Casey Cooper is new to the bench, but he’s well-connected . Just three months into his tenure on the federal bench, and before his formal investiture ceremony later this week, newly minted — but well-connected — U.S. District Judge Christopher “Casey” Cooper has been handed one of the most high-profile and politically sensitive American terrorism cases in recent years ... Cooper, 47, was part of the Obama administration’s transition team and is one of the more connected people in D.C. legal circles, Marimow notes. His wife, Amy Jeffress, worked at the Justice Department as a national security adviser to the...
  • Sources: US letting Benghazi suspects off hook, recent arrest ‘small potatoes’

    06/27/2014 6:27:25 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 7 replies
    Fox ^ | June 27, 2014 | Adam Housely
    Despite President Obama's promise to stay focused on hunting down those responsible for the 2012 Benghazi attack -- and despite a recent arrest touted as a major takedown -- sources say little has been done to nab the other suspects. According to multiple sources on the ground, including some with direct knowledge of the operations to identify and hunt the Benghazi suspects, intelligence that could have been acted upon at times has been ignored or put on hold. Further, they say, the recent capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala -- now on a ship bound for the U.S., expected to arrive...
  • USS New York, Carrying a Benghazi Suspect, Has Gone Dark

    06/25/2014 6:42:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 25 | THOMAS GIBBONS-NEFF
    Where is the USS New York? At 684 feet long and displacing over 24,900 tons, the Mayport, Fla.-based San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock is no smart car of the seas. Yet the vessel has gone “dark” for more than a week now. The low profile might have something to do with the fact that the New York is currently home to the recently captured Ahmed Abu Khattala, one of the accused ringleaders of the Sept. 11-12, 2012, Benghazi terrorist attacks that left four Americans dead. While any ship’s location is supposed to be a well-guarded secret when deployed, the New...
  • NYT: Captured Suspect Said Benghazi Attack Was Revenge For Anti-Islam Video

    06/18/2014 3:36:23 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 96 replies
    Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the suspect captured by U.S. special forces on Tuesday for his role in the 2012 Benghazi attack, reportedly said he was motivated in part by the anti-Islam online video made in America, according to the New York Times. "What he did in the period just before the attack has remained unclear. But Mr. Abu Khattala told other Libyans in private conversations during the night of the attack that he was moved to attack the diplomatic mission to take revenge for an insult to Islam in an American-made online video," Times reporter David Kirkpatrick wrote in a story...
  • U.S. captures Benghazi suspect in secret raid

    06/17/2014 8:24:54 AM PDT · by don-o · 128 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 17, 2014 | Karen DeYoung,, Adam Goldman and Julie Tate
    U.S. Special Operations forces captured one of the suspected ringleaders of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi in a secret raid in Libya over the weekend, the first time one of the accused perpetrators of the 2012 assault has been apprehended, according to U.S. officials. The officials said Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured near Benghazi by American troops, working alongside the FBI, following months of planning, and was now in U.S. custody “in a secure location outside Libya.” The officials said there were no casualties in the operation, and that all U.S. personnel involved have safely left Libya.
  • Assassination pushes Libya towards civil war two years after Gaddafi death

    10/19/2013 6:41:12 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 29 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday 19 October 2013 13.21 EDT | Chris Stephen
    Libya marks the second anniversary of the death of Muammar Gaddafi with the country on the brink of a new civil war and fighting raging in the eastern city of Benghazi, birthplace of its Arab spring revolution. Violence between radical militias and regular forces broke out on Friday night and continued yesterday, while the capital Tripoli is braced for fallout from the kidnapping earlier this month of prime minister Ali Zaidan. Federalists in Cyrenaica, home to most of Libya's oil, open their own independent parliament in Benghazi this week, in a step that may herald the breakup of the country....
  • Chris Wallace Grills Obama’s Chief of Staff on Benghazi

    09/08/2013 11:44:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 9/8/13 | Oliver Darcy
    White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough failed to answer repeated questions on Sunday about why the U.S. after one year has failed to arrest Ahmed Abu Khattala, who has been charged in connection with the Benghazi attacks. “Why is it that reporters seems to be able to find this guy, who the government is charging with involvement in Benghazi, but law enforcement can’t find him?” Fox News host Chris Wallace asked, adding “it’s been a year, sir.”
  • Libya Jihadist Defiant In Interview

    10/19/2012 11:21:00 AM PDT · by mojito · 2 replies
    Commentary ^ | 10/19/2012 | Max Boot
    Just when the situation in Libya couldn’t get much more embarrassing for the Obama administration, now comes the news that Ahmed Abu Khattala, a leader of the jihadist group Ansar al Shariah who was seen by witnesses directing the attack on the American consulate, is living openly and defiantly in Benghazi. He is lounging around a seaside hotel and breathing defiance in an interview with a New York Times reporter, bragging that Libya’s nascent army is too “chicken” to come after him. He says he has no plans to go into hiding. Although he denied being part of the attack,...
  • Suspected ringleader in Libya attack scoffs at US in plain sight

    10/19/2012 6:47:40 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 14 replies
    nbc ^ | 10/19/2012 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK / NY Times
    Witnesses and the authorities have called Ahmed Abu Khattala one of the ringleaders of the Sept. 11 attack on the American diplomatic mission here. But just days after President Obama reasserted his vow to bring those responsible to justice, Mr. Abu Khattala spent two leisurely hours on Thursday evening at a crowded luxury hotel, sipping a strawberry frappe on a patio and scoffing at the threats coming from the American and Libyan governments. Libya’s fledgling national army is a “national chicken,” Mr. Abu Khattala said, using an Arabic rhyme. Asked who should take responsibility for apprehending the mission’s attackers, he...
  • Suspect in Libya Attack, in Plain Sight, Scoffs at U.S.

    10/18/2012 10:07:14 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    NYTimes ^ | October 18, 2012 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and STEVEN ERLANGER
    Suspect in Libya Attack, in Plain Sight, Scoffs at U.S. By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK Published: October 18, 2012 BENGHAZI, Libya — Witnesses and the authorities have called Ahmed Abu Khattala one of the ringleaders of the Sept. 11 attack on the American diplomatic mission here. But just days after President Obama reasserted his vow to bring those responsible to justice, Mr. Abu Khattala spent two leisurely hours on Thursday evening at a crowded luxury hotel, sipping mango juice on a patio and scoffing at the threats coming from the American and Libyan governments. Libya’s fledgling national army is a “national...
  • Libyan authorities name Islamic group leader in Benghazi embassy attack

    10/18/2012 7:20:10 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Oct. 18, 2012 | Ron Recinto
    Authorities in Libya have named a leader of a Benghazi-based Islamist group as commander in the attack that killed the U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans last month, the New York Times reports. Libyans involved in the investigation say Ahmed Abu Khattala was seen by witnesses as leading the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. Abu Khattala is leader of the Ansar al-Shariah, a militant group that wants to advance Islamic law in Libya, according to the the Times.