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Islamist Group That Killed Americans at Benghazi Blacklisted by U.N., Accused of Terrorism

November 21, 2014

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The CIA team charged with protecting the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya when it was attacked in 2012 say they were told to 'stand down' for half an hour by a CIA official after the attacks began

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday blacklisted two branches of the Islamist extremist group Ansar al-Sharia in Libya, which Washington says was behind the 2012 Benghazi attack that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

Ansar Al Sharia Benghazi and Ansar Al Sharia Derna, both associated with al Qaeda, were added to the al Qaeda sanctions list and will face an arms embargo and a global travel ban and asset freeze, U.N. diplomats said.

“Both groups are responsible for acts of terror in Libya, including bomb attacks, kidnappings, and murder,” British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement. Britain, France and the United States initiated the action.

Ansar Al-Sharia is one of a slew of violent political factions and tribal groups fighting for power since the government lost control of the capital, Tripoli.

The U.N. Security Council has had an arms embargo and other sanctions on Libya since 2011, when former leader Muammar Gaddafi cracked down on pro-democracy activists. Gaddafi was ousted from power and killed later that year.

Separate from the U.N. sanctions, the United States is also considering imposing sanctions on Libya’s militants to try to force leaders to negotiate and prevent the country from descending further into chaos.

(Reporting by Mirjam Donath; Edited by David Storey and Ken Wills)

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Militants in Benghazi Attack Tied to a Qaeda Affiliate

The New York Times

CAIRO — The Libyan militant group accused of leading the attack on the United States diplomatic mission in Benghazi two years ago had previously helped train a dozen fighters who went on to participate in a deadly attack on an Algerian gas plant, according to a United Nations Security Council document justifying new sanctions on the group, Ansar al-Shariah.

Later, in the year after the Benghazi attack, Ansar al-Shariah of Benghazi “also provided training and logistical support” to Al Qaeda’s North African affiliate, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the document states, and the Qaeda group in turn helped Ansar al-Shariah orchestrate suicide bombings at the end of 2013 and the following summer.

Witnesses in Benghazi as well as United States officials say that Ansar al-Shariah fighters played a major role in the assault on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, killing Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

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From left: Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith died in the September 11, 2012 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Libya

Benghazi documents scrubbed to protect Hillary: former official

September 16, 2014

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The CIA team charged with protecting the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya when it was attacked in 2012 say they were told to 'stand down' for half an hour by a CIA official after the attacks began

By Marisa Schultz

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s minions launched a weekend operation in the basement of the State Department to scrub damning documents related to the Benghazi attacks that killed a US Ambassador, a top former official has charged.

Then-Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell said he walked in uninvited to the Sunday afternoon scene a month after the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist strike to find several boxes of papers — and immediately asked an office director what was happening.

“She told me, ‘Ray, we are to go through these stacks and pull out anything that might put anybody in the [Near Eastern Affairs] front office or the seventh floor in a bad light,’” Maxwell told The Daily Signal, the news outlet for the conservative Heritage Foundation.

The seventh floor is where Clinton — then Secretary of State — and her top advisers had offices.

“I asked her, ‘But isn’t that unethical?’ She responded, ‘Ray, those are our orders.’ ”

The documents were due to be turned over to a review board investigating Benghazi.

Maxwell alleges two of Clinton’s closest confidants were on hand to check on the operation: Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan.

The State Department Monday denied Maxwell’s account and reiterated the review board had access to all documents.

“Any accounts to the contrary … are completely without merit, completely ill-informed,” said state department spokeswoman Marie Harf, noting the review board could collect documents directly from anyone in the department.

Maxwell was interviewed May 30, 2013, by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, according a Democratic source on the committee.

“Maxwell did not raise this allegation with the congressional investigators despite multiple opportunities to do so,” the source said.

Maxwell, 58, was one of four officials forced out of the State Department immediately after the damning Accountability Review Board report revealed security lapses in the attacks that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and fellow Americans Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.

Maxwell was later reinstated and accused Clinton’s team of scapegoating him. He has since retired.

Attempts to reach Maxwell were not successful. But at least one congressman is vouching for his credibility.

“I have no reason not to believe his story,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) who met Maxwell and listened to his claims for more than an hour “a number of months ago.”

He believes Congress should hear from Maxwell as well as Mills and Sullivan.

Chaffetz didn’t make Maxwell’s claims public because “every time we learn something we don’t go out and have a press conference,” he said.

On Wednesday, the newly formed House Select Committee on Benghazi will hold its first public hearing. A committee spokeswoman says the panel intends to look into Maxwell’s claims.

Clinton’s spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

Obama administration pressured Fox News to back off Benghazi reporting

September 8, 2014

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The CIA team charged with protecting the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya when it was attacked in 2012 say they were told to 'stand down' for half an hour by a CIA official after the attacks began

Men charged with protecting the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya when it was attacked in 2012 say they were told to delay their move to assist Ambassador Stevens and the other Americans who were ultimately killed. They say a CIA official told them to ‘wait” for 30 minutes before supporting the Americans who were under attack.

By Carol Brown This past Friday, Greta Van Susteren reported on numerous ways the Obama administration has made it difficult for reporters to investigate Benghazi. Van Susteren said that it’s been “like pulling teeth” trying to get answers and that “the Obama administration’s behavior post-Benghazi has been weird; like they’re hiding something.” She went on to say that as Fox News continued to investigate and press for answers, the administration’s behavior got “even weirder.” She noted two major press conferences – one with the State Department and one with the CIA – when Fox News was not invited. In addition, Van Susteren reported that she was contacted by someone from the administration who told her to dissuade Fox News reporter Jennifer Griffin from continuing to investigate after Griffin reported on the stand down order in Benghazi. Van Susteren said she “thought the call from the Obama administration was dirty.” Van Susteren further reported that “as recently as April, after the administration said it turned over all the information, an email surfaces that had been withheld in the face of repeated requests.” Needless to say, Van Susteren is highly suspicious about what is going on and what the administration is trying to hide.

 

It is glaringly obvious that this administration is extraordinarily secretive and manipulative when it comes to the press. The incident Van Susteren reported on is not the first time the administration has treated the media in a highly inappropriate way, nor is Fox News (though Fox is surely their favorite target) the only media outlet to be on the receiving end of deplorable treatment. I am, however, puzzled as to why Van Susteren is sharing this now, so many months after the fact. I say, expose the left at every turn. Do so in a timely fashion. And hammer away without relent. Hat tip: Gateway Pundit Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/09/obama_ administration_pressured_fox_news_to_back_off_benghazi_ reporting.html#ixzz3ChszIUT2 Follow us: @AmericanThinker on Twitter | AmericanThinker on Facebook ‘13 Hours,’ a book written by the five commandos that is due out next week, says the C.I.A chief had them wait in a car for 20 minutes while the attack took place about a mile away, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy. ‘13 Hours,’ a book written by the five commandos that is due out this week, says the C.I.A chief had them wait in a car for 20 minutes while the attack took place about a mile away, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy.

U.S. ambassador to Libya ‘would be alive today’ if CIA security team had not been ordered to ‘stand down’ from Benghazi rescue mission

September 5, 2014

‘13 Hours,’ a book written by the five commandos that is due out next week, says the C.I.A chief had them wait in a car for 20 minutes while the attack took place about a mile away, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy.

‘13 Hours,’ a book written by the five commandos that is due out next week, says the C.I.A chief had them wait in a car for 20 minutes while the attack took place about a mile away, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy.

The C.I.A. station chief, however, forced the men — all former members of the U.S. Special Forces who were hired as private consultants by the government — to “stand down,” the book said.

  • Ambassador Christopher Stevens killed during 2012 attack in Benghazi
  • Security team based less than a mile away but did not arrive for half an hour
  • New book claims commandos ordered to wait despite being ready to deploy
  • After half an hour the team disobeyed orders in order to help, they say
  • Team believe Stevens and second victim would be alive if they hadn’t waited

By Chris Pleasance for MailOnline

The security team charged with defending the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 say they were told to ‘stand down’ for nearly half an hour after it was attacked, a new book reveals.

The team, who were stationed in a nearby CIA annex, allege that they were ready to go within five minutes of the attack starting but were ordered not to deploy by a top CIA chief.

Instead they waited in their vehicle before eventually ignoring their orders and moving into battle. By the time they arrived, ambassador Christopher Stevens was dead, along with American Sean Smith.

The team say if they had been allowed to deploy earlier, those men would still be alive.

The CIA team charged with protecting the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya when it was attacked in 2012 say they were told to 'stand down' for half an hour by a CIA official after the attacks began

The CIA team charged with protecting the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya when it was attacked in 2012 say they were told to ‘stand down’ for half an hour by a CIA official after the attacks began

The team say if they had been allowed to deploy immediately Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador, and American Sean Smith would not have been killed

The team say if they had been allowed to deploy immediately Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador, and American Sean Smith would not have been killed

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The team say if they had been allowed to deploy immediately Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador, and American Sean Smith would not have been killed

Speaking to Fox News, commando John Tiegen, said: ‘I strongly believe if we’d left immediately, they’d still be alive today.’

 

Christopher Stevens suffocated in the attack after the consulate compound was set alight

Christopher Stevens suffocated in the attack after the consulate compound was set alight

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In a new book called 13 Hours, Tiegen and four of his colleagues discuss what happened that night for the first time from a soldier’s perspective.

They say word of the attack first reached the CIA building at 9.30pm, and they got ready in such a hurry that one of the team forgot to put underwear on, while another was dressed in cargo shorts.

Christopher Stevens suffocated in the attack after the consulate compound was set alight

But as they climbed into their vehicle fully armed and ready to go, a commander identified only as ‘Bob’, told them to wait.

Tiegen recalls telling the commander, ‘Hey, we gotta go now! We’re losing the initiative!’ but was told ‘No, stand down, you need to wait,’ reports the New York Times.

According to the commandos, the chief later told them that Libyan militias were being called in, but the Libyan guards at the consulate compound deserted without firing a shot, and no other support ever came.

Eventually, the commandos received a radio message from the compound: ‘If you guys do not get here, we are going to die!’ At that point, in defiance of their orders, the men went to help.

At around 10.30pm the team made it into the compound and rounded up the surviving personnel before loading them into a convoy.

They were unable to find ambassador Stevens, who by that time had died from suffocation after the buildings had been set alight.

As the team moved out of the diplomatic compound their convoy was attacked, and once they were inside the CIA annex, that too became the target of rocket and small arms fire.

These patchy attacks went on for roughly 90 minutes as the commandos fought on-and-off battles with gunmen lurking in side streets and alleyways.

Around the same time, a CIA security team based in Tripoli, which included two U.S. military officers, landed at Benghazi airport.

In a new book, the security team say they were told three times not to deploy, before eventually ignoring their orders and driving to the beseiged compound

In a new book, the security team say they were told three times not to deploy, before eventually ignoring their orders and driving to the beseiged compound

The commandos say officials tried to bring in local Libyan militias to help, along with heavier weapons, but no meaningful support materialised until the next morning

The commandos say officials tried to bring in local Libyan militias to help, along with heavier weapons, but no meaningful support materialised until the next morning

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The commandos say officials tried to bring in local Libyan militias to help, along with heavier weapons, but no meaningful support materialised until the next morning

Not long before dawn, the reinforcements from Tripoli managed to take themselves and a convoy of vehicles to the CIA base to prepare for an evacuation.

Just after they arrived mortars began firing on the base, killing another two security officers after they took a direct hit from one of the shells.

It took until 5.30am, a full nine hours after the attack began, for Libyan security forces to arrive with heavy weapons.

A security services spokesman denied the claims, saying: ‘A prudent, fast attempt was made to rally local support for the rescue effort and secure heavier weapons.’

The official said ‘there was no second-guessing those decisions being made on the ground’ and ‘there were no orders to anybody to stand down in providing support.’

 

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Does the truth matter? Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, testifying before a congressional committee investigating the deaths of four Americans at Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. This appears to be her testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on January 23, 2013. She said during Congressional testimony, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

Benghazi: CIA chief reportedly stopped 5 American commandos from responding to attack

September 5, 2014

New Book ‘13 Hours,’  written by the five commandos that is due out next week, says the C.I.A chief had them wait in a car for 20 minutes while the attack took place about a mile away, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy.

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Friday, September 5, 2014
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A CIA station chief reportedly stopped five American commandos from responding  to the attack on a U.S. diplomatic base in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012, it was reported Thursday. Pictured a  protester reacts as the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames.
CIA station chief reportedly stopped five American commandos from responding  to the attack on a U.S. diplomatic base in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012, it was reported Thursday. Pictured a  protester reacts as the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames. Photo credit ESAM OMRAN AL-FETORI/REUTERS

A C.I.A. station chief reportedly stopped five American commandos from responding immediately to the attack on a U.S. diplomatic base in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 that left four Americans dead, it was reported Thursday.

“13 Hours,” a book written by the five commandos that is due out next week, says the C.I.A chief had them wait in a car for 20 minutes while the attack took place about a mile away, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy .

Four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, were killed when terrorists stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012.

“If you guys do not get here, we are going to die!” a diplomatic security agent said over the radio to the commandos, according to The Times.

‘13 Hours,’ a book written by the five commandos that is due out next week, says the C.I.A chief had them wait in a car for 20 minutes while the attack took place about a mile away, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy.

‘13 Hours,’ a book written by the five commandos that is due out next week, says the C.I.A chief had them wait in a car for 20 minutes while the attack took place about a mile away, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy.

The C.I.A. station chief, however, forced the men — all former members of the U.S. Special Forces who were hired as private consultants by the government — to “stand down,” the book said.

“13 Hours” is the first account of the Benghazi attack to surface from witnesses to the event, which sparked a frenzy of criticism from conservatives who blamed President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the deadly security breach.

The C.I.A. station chief, named “Bob,”was acting on his own orders, according to The Times. He wanted to wait for help from Libyan allies on the ground.

Four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens (pictured), were killed when terrorists stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

Four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens (pictured), were killed when terrorists stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Photo: Ben Curtis/AP

Ambassador Stevens and computer specialist Sean Smith died from smoke inhalation while waiting for help to arrive. Former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were killed when the commandos finally ignored “Bob’s” order and stormed the burning compound, The Times reported.

A senior intelligence official told The Times that “a prudent, fast attempt was made to rally local support for the rescue effort and secure heavier weapons.”

The official said “there were no orders to anybody to stand down in providing support,” according to the newspaper.

The five commandos who survived the rescue effort co-authored ‘13 Hours,’ with assistance from Mitchell Zuckoff, of Boston University.

The five commandos who survived the rescue effort co-authored ‘13 Hours,’ with assistance from Mitchell Zuckoff, of Boston University. Photo: © Esam Al-Fetori / Reuters/REUTERS

Two of the commandos opted to remain anonymous; the others are Mark Geist, Kris Paronto and John Tiegen.

The commandos, fully armed, waited in cargo vehicles for help from Libyan allies that never came, as hundreds of armed militants stormed the embassy and burned everything in sight. Photographs after the attack showed the sacked compound. There were bloody handprints staining its walls, and it was full of charred, smoldering rubble.

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New Book Says C.I.A. Official in Benghazi Held Up Rescue

The New York Times

Five commandos guarding the C.I.A. base in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012 say that the C.I.A. station chief stopped them from interceding in time to save the lives of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and an American technician during the attack on the diplomatic mission there.

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The American Mission in Benghazi, Libya, during the 2012 attack. Five C.I.A. contractors who were nearby say they were told not to intervene. Credit Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters

Obama’s Claim He Had “al Qaeda On The Run” Resulted in Benghazi “Coverup”, Journalist Edward Klein Says

June 22, 2014

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U.S. commandos and the FBI captured Ahmed Abu Khattala, said to be one of the masterminds behind the 2012 consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya

If the truth about Benghazi became known, it would blow that argument out of the water.

In his new book, “Blood Feud,” journalist Edward Klein gets inside the dysfunctional, jealous relationship between Bill and Hillary Clinton and Barack and Michelle Obama. Here, he explains what happened the night of the Benghazi attack.

By Edward Klein

By 10 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2012, when Hillary Clinton received a call from President Obama, she was one of the most thoroughly briefed officials in Washington on the unfolding disaster in Benghazi, Libya.

She knew that Ambassador Christopher Stevens and a communications operator were dead, and that the attackers had launched a well-coordinated mortar assault on the CIA annex, which would cost the lives of two more Americans. She had no doubt that a terrorist attack had been launched against America on the anniversary of 9/11.

However, when Hillary picked up the phone and heard Obama’s voice, she learned the president had other ideas in mind. With less than two months before Election Day, he was still boasting that he had al Qaeda on the run. If the truth about Benghazi became known, it would blow that argument out of the water.

“Hillary was stunned when she heard the president talk about the Benghazi attack,” one of her top legal advisers said in an interview. “Obama wanted her to say that the attack had been a spontaneous demonstration triggered by an obscure video on the Internet that demeaned the Prophet Mohammed.”

This adviser continued: “Hillary told Obama, ‘Mr. President, that story isn’t credible. Among other things, it ignores the fact that the attack occurred on 9/11.’ But the president was adamant. He said, ‘Hillary, I need you to put out a State Department release as soon as possible.’”

After her conversation with the president, Hillary called Bill Clinton, who was at his penthouse apartment in the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, and told him what Obama wanted her to do.

“I’m sick about it,” she said, according to the legal adviser, who was filled in on the conversation.

“That story won’t hold up,” Bill said.

“I know,” Hillary said. “I told the president that.”

“It’s an impossible story,” Bill said. “I can’t believe the president is claiming it wasn’t terrorism. Then again, maybe I can. It looks like Obama isn’t going to allow anyone to say that terrorism has occurred on his watch.”

Hillary’s legal adviser provided further detail:

“During their phone call, Bill started playing with various doomsday scenarios, up to and including the idea that Hillary consider resigning as secretary of state over the issue. But both he and Hillary quickly agreed that resigning wasn’t a realistic option. If her resignation hurt Obama’s chances of winning re-election, her fellow Democrats would never forgive her. Hillary was already thinking of running for president in 2016, and her political future, as well as Obama’s, hung in the balance.”

Obama had put Hillary in a corner, and she and Bill didn’t see a way out. And so, shortly after 10 o’clock on the night of September 11, she released an official statement that blamed the Benghazi attack on an “inflammatory posted on the Internet.”

The Benghazi Deception was in full swing.

“Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas” by Edward Klein is out this week from Regnery Publishing.

http://nypost.com/2014/06/22/clinton-bristled-at-benghazi-deception-book/

U.S. commandos capture ‘mastermind’ behind 2012 Benghazi consulate attack

June 17, 2014

By Michael Zennie

U.S. Special Operations commandos have captures the man the American government claims helped plan and carry out the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Ahmed Abu Khattala was taken off the streets of Benghazi and whisked away to a ‘secure location outside of Libya’ for interrogation on Sunday, the Washington Post reports.

Fox News reports that he is currently en route to the United States, where he is expected to be trial on terrorism charges in federal court in Washington, D.C.

Khattala is said to be a ‘senior leader’ of Ansar al-Sharia – the group that U.S. officials believe was behind the attack that killed four Americans on September 11, 2012 – including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Khattala, a 42-year-old hardline Muslim leader, has openly flouted U.S. authorities, appear in public in Benghazi for several interviews with American media, including CNN, in August 2013 two days after the Justice Department levied terrorism charges against him.

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Khattala has remained free to roam his hometown of Beghanzi, despite being indicted by U.S. authorities an charged with crimes related to the attack.  He said he was never questioned by American officials, though he made no attempt to hide.

He told the New York Times that he did not plan or participate in the  assault, though he admitted he was there at the end.

Witnesses describe seeing him direct the fighters who stormed the gates of the American compound.

The raid Sunday, which was carried out jointly by American soldiers and the FBI’s elite Hostage Response Team, took months to plan and was called off once because of instability in Libya.

However, American officials are billing it as a major achievement for the White House.

One source told the Post that Khattala’s capture is ‘a reminder that when the United States says it’s going to hold someone accountable and he will face justice, this is what we mean.’

Stevens, the first U.S. Ambassador killed in the line of duty since 1979, died of smoke inhalation after the terrorist attackers set fire to the U.S. compound. Sean Smith, a 34-year-old computer system manager with the U.S. Foreign Service was also killed.

Former U.S. Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone S. Woods, who were working as U.S. security contractors for the Central Intelligence Agency, died in the second wave of the attack as they defended the adjacent CIA building after mounting a rescue mission.

The 2012 Benghazi attack has been a major political liability for the White House and for then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Republicans have launched numerous official investigations and alleged that officials botched security at the consulate and ignored Stevens’ request for more guards.

They also claim Obama Administration officials tried to over up the real motive for the terrorist attack – claiming at the time that it was a riot over an anti-Islamic video – to improve Obama’s reelection chances.

The House of Representatives recently established a select committee, nearly two years after the incident, to formally review the handling of the run-up to and aftermath of the assault.

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U.S. commandos and the FBI captured Ahmed Abu Khattala, said to be one of the masterminds behind the 2012 consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya

U.S. commandos and the FBI captured Ahmed Abu Khattala, said to be one of the masterminds behind the 2012 consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya

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Benghazi attack suspect captured, en route to US

June 17, 2014

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Fox News

A suspected terrorist linked to the 2012 Benghazi terror attack that killed four Americans has been captured inside Libya by U.S. forces and currently is en route to the United States, Fox News has learned exclusively.

Sources tell Fox News that the suspect, Ansar al-Sharia commander Abu Khattala, was captured Sunday during a joint U.S. military and law enforcement operation, and will face prosecution in the United States.

President Obama signed off on the mission on Friday night, Fox News is told. He was captured south of Benghazi by U.S. special operators and is on his way to the U.S. aboard a Navy ship.

Khattala was long thought to be one of the ringleaders of the deadly attack, in which U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans died. He had openly granted media interviews since the 2012 attack, but until now evaded capture.

“He didn’t know what hit him,” one source told Fox News of the weekend capture. According to sources, there was no firefight — a small Special Forces team with one FBI agent took part in the mission.

Fox News’ Ed Henry, Bret Baier and Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report. 

U.S. Captures Suspect Wanted in Raid on U.S. At Benghazi That Killed Four Americans in 2012

June 17, 2014

An armed man waves his rifle as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames after being set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late on Sept. 11, 2012. The alleged ringleader in the attack has been captured by involving Special Operations forces. (AFP/Getty Images)

June 17, 2014
The Washington Post

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.

Khattala’s apprehension is a major victory for the Obama administration, which has been criticized for having failed so far to bring those responsible for the Benghazi attacks to justice.

One jubilant official called Khattala’s capture “a reminder that when the United States says it’s going to hold someone accountable and he will face justice, this is what we mean.”

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Sept. 11, 2012: The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames during a terrorist attack.Reuters

The Washington Post learned about the capture Monday but agreed to a request from the White House to delay publication of a story because of security concerns.

Last year, the U.S. Attorney in the District filed charges against Khattala and at least a dozen others in connection with the Benghazi attacks. None besides Khattala — who is expected to be arraigned in Washington — has been apprehended.

Officials, speaking on condition of anonymity about the still-secret operation, would not say where Khattala was being held. They said he was “en route” to the United States, but would not say when he was expected to arrive.

Several terrorist suspects abducted overseas have been held aboard U.S. naval ships at sea while being interrogated, after which they were turned over to FBI “clean teams” to question them for trial without endangering the admissibility of evidence.

The State Department designated Khattala a terrorist in January, calling him a “senior leader” of the Benghazi branch of the militant organization Ansar al-Sharia, a group that arose after the 2010 fall of the Libyan regime of Moammar Gaddafi.

Ansar al-Sharia was also designated a terrorist organization and held specifically responsible for the Sept. 11, 2012, assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi that left U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and State Department security official Sean Smith dead.

Two CIA contractors, Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty, were killed in a mortar attack at a nearby CIA annex where the attackers moved after overtaking the diplomatic compound.

Officials who confirmed Khattala’s capture declined to comment on whether others were apprehended with him, or to describe the specific military or law enforcement units that were involved. Last October, commandos from the Army’s elite Delta Force, along with members of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team, carried out a similar raid in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, and abducted Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai,who is accused of participating in the 1998 bombings of U.S. Embassies in East Africa.

Ruqai, also known as Anas al-Libi, is currently awaiting trial in New York.

A plan to grab Khattala days after Ruqai’s capture was postponed because of violent uprisings against the Libyan government, which had approved the abductions. Asked whether Libya had approved the Sunday abduction, a U.S. official said: “I am not going to get into the specifics of our diplomatic discussions, but to be clear: This was a unilateral U.S. operation.”

“We have made clear to successive Libyan governments our intention to bring to justice the perpetrators of the attack on our facilities in Benghazi,” the official said. “So it should come as no surprise to the Libyan government that we would take advantage of an opportunity to bring Abu Khatalla to face justice.”

Following the October raid, the FBI feared it had missed its best opportunity to arrest Khattala.

Shortly after the Benghazi attacks, FBI agents in New York, which has territorial responsibility for Africa, began working with federal prosecutors there, although the case was subsequently moved without explanation to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District.

Failure to make arrests in the Benghazi case was seen as an enormous frustration for the FBI, and a subject of sharp criticism from lawmakers. Within weeks of the attacks, and sporadically thereafter, Khattala was interviewed by American reporters in the open in Benghazi, where he said he did not participate in the initial assault on the Benghazi compound but came on the scene as it was ending.

In a June 11 hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, FBI Director James Comey testified: “I take the Benghazi matter very, very seriously. It is one that I am very close to—briefed on a regular basis. One we are putting a lot of work into and that we’ve made progress on.”

“One thing you’ve got to know about the FBI, we never give up,” Comey said. “So sometimes things take longer than we’d like them to, but they never go into an inactive bin.”

Believed to be in his 40s, Khattala was imprisoned for many years by the Gaddafi regime for his Islamic views.

The FBI believes other groups were also involved in the Benghazi attacks and is pursuing criminal charges against several individuals, including Abu Sufian bin Qumu, the leader of Ansar al-Sharia in the Libyan city of Darnah. Qumu has also been designated a terrorist by the State Department, as has his group.

In 2007, Qumu was released from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and sent to Libya, where he was detained. Gaddafi’s government released him in 2008.

The Benghazi attacks and their aftermath have been the subject of ongoing controversy. A volatile political issue, Benghazi has already influenced initial skirmishing over the 2016 presidential election, particularly for Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Obama’s secretary of state at the time of the attacks.

Republicans have charged the White House with failing to secure the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, attempting to cover up what actually occurred on the night of the attacks, and mishandling the subsequent investigation. After numerous hearings and an official State Department review, a select committee has been set up in the House of Representatives to investigate further.

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Benghazi, September 11, 2012: “U.S. Air Force Could Have Evacuated Americans If A Decision To Do So Had Been Made in Time”

June 11, 2014

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US spy agencies heard Benghazi attackers using State Dept. cell phones to call terrorist leaders

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Published June 11, 2014

Fox News

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Sept. 11, 2012: The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames during a terrorist attack.Reuters

The terrorists who attacked the U.S. consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 used cell phones, seized from State Department personnel during the attacks, and U.S. spy agencies overheard them contacting more senior terrorist leaders to report on the success of the operation, multiple sources confirmed to Fox News.

The disclosure is important because it adds to the body of evidence establishing that senior U.S. officials in the Obama administration knew early on that Benghazi was a terrorist attack, and not a spontaneous protest over an anti-Islam video that had gone awry, as the administration claimed for several weeks after the attacks.

Eric Stahl, who recently retired as a major in the U.S. Air Force, served as commander and pilot of the C-17 aircraft that was used to transport the corpses of the four casualties from the Benghazi attacks – then-U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, information officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods – as well as the assault’s survivors from Tripoli to the safety of an American military base in Ramstein, Germany.

In an exclusive interview on Fox News’ “Special Report,” Stahl said members of a CIA-trained Global Response Staff who raced to the scene of the attacks were “confused” by the administration’s repeated implication of the video as a trigger for the attacks, because “they knew during the attack…who was doing the attacking.” Asked how, Stahl told anchor Bret Baier: “Right after they left the consulate in Benghazi and went to the [CIA] safehouse, they were getting reports that cell phones, consulate cell phones, were being used to make calls to the attackers’ higher ups.”

A separate U.S. official, one with intimate details of the bloody events of that night, confirmed the major’s assertion. The second source, who requested anonymity to discuss classified data, told Fox News he had personally read the intelligence reports at the time that contained references to calls by terrorists – using State Department cell phones captured at the consulate during the battle – to their terrorist leaders. The second source also confirmed that the security teams on the ground received this intelligence in real time.

Major Stahl was never interviewed by the Accountability Review Board, the investigative panel convened, pursuant to statute, by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as the official body reviewing all the circumstances surrounding the attacks and their aftermath. Many lawmakers and independent experts have criticized the thoroughness of the ARB, which also never interviewed Clinton nor the under secretary of State for management, Patrick Kennedy, a key figure in the decisions about security at the consulate in the period preceding the attack there.

In his interview on “Special Report,” Stahl made still other disclosures that add to the vast body of literature on Benghazi – sure to grow in the months ahead, as a select House committee prepares for a comprehensive probe of the affair, complete with subpoena power. Stahl said that when he deposited the traumatized passengers at Ramstein, the first individual to question the CIA security officers was not an FBI officer but by the senior State Department diplomat on the ground.

“They were taken away from the airplane,” Stahl said. “The U.S. ambassador to Germany [Philip D. Murphy] met us when we landed and he took them away because he wanted to debfrief them that night.” Murphy stepped down as ambassador last year. A message left with Sky Blue FC, a private company in New Jersey with which Murphy is listed online as an executive officer, was not immediately returned.

Stahl also contended that given his crew’s alert status and location, they could have reached Benghazi in time to have played a role in rescuing the victims of the assault, and ferrying them to safety in Germany, had they been asked to do so. “We were on a 45-day deployment to Ramstein air base,” he told Fox News. “And we were there basically to pick up priority missions, last-minute missions that needed to be accomplished.”

“You would’ve thought that we would have had a little bit more of an alert posture on 9/11,” Stahl added. “A hurried-up timeline probably would take us [an] hour-and-a-half to get off the ground and three hours and fifteen minutes to get down there. So we could’ve gone down there and gotten them easily.”

Bret Baier currently serves as anchor of Fox News Channel’s “Special Report with Bret Baier” (weeknights 6-7PM/ET), the top-rated cable news program in its timeslot. Based in Washington, D.C., he joined the network in 1998 as the first reporter in the Atlanta bureau. Click here for more information on Bret Baier

James Rosen joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in 1999. He currently serves as the chief Washington correspondent and hosts the online show “The Foxhole.”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/06/11/cia-heard-benghazi-attackers-using-state-dept-cell-phones-to-call-terrorist/

'Not serious': The U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, LIbya erupted in flames on September 11, 2012 after heavily armed terrorists linked to an al-Qaeda affiliate group launched mortars and grenades and followed up with small-arms fire
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