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Al-Qaeda blamed for US consulate attack

2012-09-14 22:15

Benghazi - The head of Libya's national assembly on Friday blamed al-Qaeda for an attack on the US consulate in the city of Benghazi that killed ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Mohammed el-Megarif laid a bouquet of flowers in front of the consulate where Stevens died on Tuesday when suspected Islamic militants fired on the compound with rocket-propelled grenades and set it ablaze.

Visibly moved, the General National Congress president said he regretted the loss of "a friend of Libyans who rendered laudable services to Libya."

Surrounded by heavy security, el-Megarif was accompanied by Libya's military chief of staff Yussef al-Mangush.

US officials are investigating the possibility that the assault was an al-Qaeda-linked plot using a protest against an anti-Islam film as cover to mark the anniversary of the September 11 2001 attacks on the United States.

El-Megarifpointed a finger at the militant group.

"The film was made six months ago. How can you explain that this incident coincided with 11 September. We mustn't lie to ourselves," he told AFP, without naming al-Qaeda.

In the immediate aftermath of the attack, el-Megarif had blamed the attack on both al-Qaeda elements and remnants of Muammar Gaddafi regime which was toppled last year in a brutal conflict.

Comments
  • wallace.outkast - 2012-09-14 23:17

    what a double standard , Qaddafi said these people where terroriste and no one beleived him, now that an US ambassador s killed it;s must be a terroriste act, bunch of morons

      jans.opresser - 2012-09-15 00:41

      yes wallace,must be the "small flickers" of al-qaeda that africom commander Carter Ham was referring too at the US senate hearing when he lied under oath about the rebels NOT being al-qaeda. where is anthony from africa? where is lying fred kruger rand"? told you last year that this would happen didnt I? you would not listen. one lie after another from you liars! now you want revenge I guess? stevens knew the rebels were al-qaeda and he chose to go along with the OBAMA,CAMERON,and SARKOZY lie that they were seeking democracy! dont feel sorry for stevens at all. because he was killed by the same terrorist wh he helped put into power!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-15 02:32

      Which people? Everyone knows Al-Quaida is active in almost all Middle East countries. It's the minority of Muslim people, an extreme crazy fringe-group who are extremely violent. You're extrapolating that to a sognificant proprtion of Libyans, which is obviously wrong. You're also believing the narcissistic dictator Moamar Gaddafi who went mad and was killing thousands of Libyans who just wanted to vote.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-15 02:34

      Jans, calm down. This is a minority fringe-group of extremists who make the most noise. You're believing that the majority of Muslim people, Libyan Muslims in particular, are members of Al-Quaida. They're not. Obviously.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-15 06:10

      Jans, aka, thatfreakyguyfromnewyork, Johhh, the loony left, can only confuse themselves!! Because 'three' people died, suddenly it is 'ALL' PROVEN. After 30 years of TYRANNY by this violent gaddafi mad man, it is obvious there are going to be occasional violent outburst, for years to come. But what is spitting fume to this silly and childish radicals, is the fact, that in general, it is going so well in Libya. Life is getting 'normal', one without FEAR and TYRANNY. One without unmarked shallow graves scattered around the country. The elections, so far have been a resounding success. No wonder these radical clowns, will grab ANY opportunity to discredit the people of Libya !!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-15 08:01

      Goodthing believes the US attacked itself on 9/11. He believes the CIA invaded Afghanistan in the 1980's, not the Soviet Union. :) He believes the Rothschilds, of all people, are the source of ALL evil in the world. And he believes central banks are the arms of private banks, not governments, notwithstanding that the governors of central banks are appointed by governments. Lastly, as he writes here, he believes Al-Quaida is "an invention of the CIA". In other words, it doesn't really exist. This is over the edge looney tunes.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-15 08:15

      Those shares are like government stock, Goodthing. You have to read the Memo and Articles to understand that shareholders in central banks have no power or authority. They are arms of governments, through which monetary policy is exercised. The uprisings in the Middle East are about usury? Banks are behind the Arab Spring? Geez, now I've heard everything.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-09-15 08:47

      The alternative would be that the US suddenly cares about people and is helping out the poor in the middle east... now I have heard everything. Pity they won't step in to help the Palestinians... oh but wait

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-15 10:23

      Oh but wait what? The Palestinians are actually the big banks in disguise?

  • kennedy.mataruse - 2012-09-15 07:28

    all are turning a blind eye from what caused this violent.some are pointin to terrorist.this is poor politic.

  • kennedy.mataruse - 2012-09-15 09:32

    even gvt negligence is blamed to Al Qaeda.so whats next?

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