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Al-Qaeda not behind Libya attack - report

2012-10-20 11:27

Washington - US intelligence agencies have found no evidence that last month's deadly attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was ordered by al-Qaeda, The Los Angeles Times reported late on Friday.

Citing unnamed US officials and witnesses, the newspaper said the attack, which killed ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, was "carried out following a minimum amount of planning".

"The attackers exhibited a high degree of disorganisation," the paper quotes one of the intelligence officials as saying.

"Some joined the attack in progress, some did not have weapons and others just seemed interested in looting."

According to another official cited by the paper, "There isn't any intelligence that the attackers pre-planned their assault days or weeks in advance."

Most of the evidence suggested that "the attackers launched their assault opportunistically" after learning about the violence at the US Embassy in Cairo, The Times quotes the official as saying.

Top Republicans have said President Barack Obama's administration is reluctant to acknowledge the incident was an act of terrorism for political reasons.

But after five weeks of investigation, US intelligence agencies say they have found no evidence of al-Qaeda participation, The Times said.

Comments
  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-20 11:58

    This is to be expected because Obama wants to be re-elected and can't afford to admit that his administration actually armed Al Qaeda aligned terrorists in Libya, who then paid him in kind. Once the elections are over, it will be Al Qaeda's fault again and CIA drones will be dropping bombs on the stupid Libyans.

  • john.loveland.9 - 2012-10-20 12:00

    Ye right. They'll tell us what they want us to believe....

  • ari.potah - 2012-10-20 12:41

    The Obama regime says “protesters” irate over an anti-Islam video did it. The NATO-installed bureaucrats in Libya say that “foreign extremists” did it. US Congressmen say “Al Qaeda did it”. So does CNN, as well as the alternative media web site Prison Planet, which denounces any reference to the Green Resistance as “absurd”. Media outlets, such as the UK Guardian, say “an organized terror network did it”. Turkey’s government says “Syria’s Assad did it”. Israel says “Hezbollah did it”. The Sunni monarchs of the Gulf Cooperation Council oil sheikdoms say “Iran did it”. Even reputable alternative media writers and progressive bloggers have attributed the attack to “the Benghazi Islamists”, and that this is “blowback from imperialism”. Wikileaks says the attack happened because the US had backed Britain’s threat to storm the Ecuadorian embassy in London and remove Julian Assange. The most obvious explanation is that cadres – the Green Resistance – loyal to Gaddafi and in opposition to the NATO-imposed regime carried out the attack. NATO and its Libyan quislings don’t want to admit this subversive reality. The fact of a resistance – a potent and growing resistance at that – has to be denied, erased from the record.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-20 13:35

      Ari, Shame, another lousy day for the loonies of the vilent left. They have this insane facination for Al-Quada!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ""The NATO-installed bureaucrats in Libya "" What an insult to the millions of Libyans who elected these "bureaucrats" Or did Nato also put the ANC in power here????????????? ANYONE who wishes the Libyan people bad, is dispicable human being. They have just come out of 30 years of tyranny by a psychopathic terrorist, and now need all the support they can get. No wonder Libya has NO interest in Africa. lOUSY LOOSER !!!!!!

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-21 17:21

      Some are still resisting http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2012/10/17/libya-militia/1640181/

  • Adeeb Saban - 2012-10-20 12:51

    I did it

  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-10-20 13:22

    Bush would have found WMD's and declared War - and Romney is his clone. Obama was right not to over-react on an isolated incident. These guys blow each other (and themselves) up on a daily basis. The riots sparked by the video, albeit totally ridiculous to react in such fashion, just provided and opportunistic situation. Simple.

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