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Benghazi attack caused by anti-Muslim film, Al-Qaeda not involved - report

Published time: December 29, 2013 03:49
An exterior view of the U.S. consulate, which was attacked and set on fire by gunmen yesterday, in Benghazi September 12, 2012. (Reuters / Esam Al-Fetori)

An exterior view of the U.S. consulate, which was attacked and set on fire by gunmen yesterday, in Benghazi September 12, 2012. (Reuters / Esam Al-Fetori)

There is no evidence suggesting that Al-Qaeda or any other international terrorist organization took part in the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, a new report suggests.

The investigation by The New York Times has revealed that it was actually the US-made movie ‘Innocence of Muslims’ that fueled the attack, adding that the assault on the consulate did not appear to be “meticulously planned, but neither was it spontaneous or without warning signs.”

The report is based on interviews with Libyans in Benghazi who had direct knowledge of the attack and its context.

Months of investigation “turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault,” The Times said.

The report stresses that the attack “was led, instead, by fighters who had benefited directly from NATO’s extensive air power and logistics support during the uprising against Colonel Gaddafi.”

The September 11 attack on the US consulate in the cradle of the Libyan revolution occurred in the wake of worldwide anti-West demonstrations sparked by an amateur American-made video that ridiculed the Prophet Muhammad. Four Americans - including US ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, a State Department worker, and two ex-Navy Seals - were killed in the attack on the loosely-guarded diplomatic mission.

The Obama administration initially placed the blame on the film’s aftermath. However, reports later suggested that Al-Qaeda was behind the attack.

Republicans held numerous hearings in Congress questioning the Obama administration’s handling of the incident, accusing it of misleading the public and suggesting that it downplayed Al-Qaeda's role in the attack.

At a Senate hearing in January, Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: "We were misled that there were supposedly protests and then something sprang out of that, an assault sprang out of that."

But according to the NYT report, it seems that is exactly what happened.

The paper also states that the Americans were aware of the growing threat from local militants who took part in the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.

Mohamed al-Gharabi, leader of the Rafallah al-Sehati Brigade, said that he had previously warned the Americans that “since Benghazi isn’t safe, it is better for you to leave now.”

“I specifically told the Americans myself that we hoped that they would leave Benghazi as soon as possible,” he added.

Comments (33)


Stuart Jurrens 02.01.2014 23:10

It's pretty convenient how this report is coming out by the New York Times just when people are beginning to think about a Presidential Election for Hillary Clinton. It isn't important what group did the killing of the Americans. What is important is the failure on the part of our current President and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who should be held accountable and never will be because there is a lack of integrity in the Congress, Judicial, and Executive Branches of Government. It does mater that 4 Americans died in Benghazi, and the use of that said embassy being used to traffic weapons, etc


joshua jackson 02.01.2014 05:49

oh wow, can they say the warren commission? What was the parameters of this committee, to find that some lame video caused this incident that was foretold could happen months prior, and months prior to the video. Lack of our goverment covering our people that are in dangerous areas. Lack of accountablity and responsiblity. No way we could foresee this happening. Same person that couldnt see this coming also wants to be president. What a joke.


Jim Ward 31.12.2013 23:27

Tyrant: Do a little homework. You'll discover that the attacking militants previously fought alongside our CIA and JSOC forces to topple the terrorist-supporting dictatorship of Qaddafi. Stevens, as a Special Envoy to the rebels, arrived in Libya on a Greek cargo ship in the midst of the revolution. Utilizing a strategy favored by CIA director Gen. Petraeus, our forces utilized indigenous fighters as "force multipliers" in the war. In post-war Libya the mission was to secure the many MANPADS which were looted from Qaddafi's arsenals and posed a grave danger to civilian aviation.

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