The article written by David Kirkpatrick and published in the New York Times on Dec. 28, 2013, entitled “A Deadly Mix in Benghazi,” has been widely denounced as a coverup in behalf of the Obama Administration. And indeed the article is a coverup on several grounds: 1) The article falsely claims that there was no evidence that al-Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault; 2) The article also falsely claims, as initially stated by Susan Rice and other administration officials, that the attack on the mission and CIA annex was “fueled in large part by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam.” In this context the article fails to mention the video posted by the leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al Zawahiri, just prior to Benghazi, in which he calls for revenge against the U.S. for the drone killing of Abu Yahah al Libi in Pakistan and that fact that his older brother, Abdal Wahhab Mohammad Qaid, is a leading member of the LIFG in Libya; 3) The article fails to address the issue of the gunrunning from Benghazi to Syria involving the February 17th Brigade sanctioned by Obama; and 4) The article fails to address the reported funding of the Benghazi attack by Saudi Arabia.
That having been said, the article ironically confirms what has long been documented by LaRouchePAC and the EIR, that the people who attacked the U.S. mission and CIA annex in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, were the militias with which Obama allied in his illegal war to overthrow the government of Qaddafi. As Kirkpatrick writes: the U.S. “ultimately lost its ambassador in an attack that involved both avowed opponents of the West and fighters belonging to militias that the Americans had taken for allies.”
What he fails to say is that the core of the forces with which Obama allied was the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) led by Abdelhakim Belhadj. The leaders of the LIFG fought with al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. They moved to Sudan with Osama bin Laden. The LIFG also officially merged with al-Qaeda on November 3, 2007.
By not identifying the LIFG’s affiliation with al-Qaeda, Kirkpatrick lies that “Benghazi was not infiltrated by al-Qaeda.”
Thus, the distinction between local militias with which Obama allied in Libya and core al-Qaeda which was allegedly not involved, is a lie, actually perpetrated by al-Qaeda for the purpose of disguising its presence.
The article focuses on Abu Khattala, as the alleged ringleader of the attack on the mission and claims that he had “no known affiliations with terrorist groups.” At the same time it says “he was firmly embedded in the network of Benghazi militias.”
The article claims that he was the assassin of Gen. Abdal Fatah Yunis on July 28, 2011, the head of the military wing of the Transitional National Council, but one of Yunis’ deputies claimed at the time that the assassins were with the February 17th Brigade. The assassination of Yunis cleared the way for Belhadj to emerge as the commander of the Tripoli Military Council. In that position he was responsible for the security for all foreign embassies.
As documented by LaRouchePAC and EIR, the February 17th Brigade, which was hired to protect the U.S. mission was founded by the emir of the LIFG Belhadj, who was also Ambassador Chris Stevens’ liaison to the opposition. All of the variously named militias in Benghazi operate under the umbrella of the LIFG.
For instance, Sufian bin Qumu, the leader of Ansar al-Sharia, based in Derna, has been identified as a member of the LIFG and al-Qaeda. A former Guantanomo prisoner who received monthly stipends from one of the financiers of the original 9/11, 1001 attack, he is known to have trained jihadists fighting to overthrow Qaddafi beginning April 2011. And yet Kirkpatrick writes that “neither Mr. Qumu nor anyone else in Derna appears to have played a significant role in the attack on the American Mission.” This despite the fact that Ansar al-Sharia initially claimed responsibility for the attack. Since when does “appears,” qualify as evidence?
Kirkpatrick also points out that one of the people who offered an allibi for Abu Khattala is Wisam bin Hamid, the head of Libya Shield and that last spring (2013), Bin Hamid said he had decided to make Mr. Abu Khattala a kind of local real estate judge. Bin Hamid said: “He is good at this. He is a sincere person. People respect him.”
But who is Abu Khattala’s protector Wisam bin Hamid? The U.S. Libary of Congress published a report in August 2011 which reported that Wisam bin Hamid is possibly the leader of al-Qaeda in Libya and that he hosted a demonstration in Sirte in March, 2012, attended by the head of al-Qaeda in the Maghreb, Mokhtar Bel Mokhtar, as his honored guest. Bin Hamid also participated in a rally in Benghazi with other militias on June 7-8, 2012. The Library of Congress reports that these militias “probably make up the bulk of al-Qaeda’s network in Libya.”
Kirkpatrick reports: “The only intelligence connecting Al Qaeda to the attack was in intercepted phone call that night from a participant in the first wave of the attack to a friend in another African country who had ties to members of al-Qaeda.” He fails to report that the call was from Mokhtar Bel Mokhtar, who on January 13, 2013 then organized a terrorist attack on an Algerian gas field.
The further evidence presented by Kirkpatrick, which confirms that the attack on the mission and the annex by Obama’s allies was an inside/outside job is the fact that, as he puts it, “Libyan militia leaders who might have intervened to help the Americans washed their hands of the attack.”
Specifically, he quotes Abdul Salam Bargathi who was at the militias’ joint operations room inside the February 17th Brigade headquarters as the attack proceeded. Bargathi said that he told the February 17 Brigade guards at the mission: “Don’t shoot. Just run away from the place.” Bargathi also volunteered that the leaders of Ansar al-Shariah had joined him in the operations room shortly after the attack began.”
Imagine this: The militia which attacked the mission is in the joint operations room with the militia hired to defend the mission. How can you come to any other conclusion but that this was a joint operation?
Thus, as LaRouchePAC and EIR have maintained, the February 17th Brigade founded by Belhadj, which was hired to protect the mission worked directly with Ansar al-Sharia which carried out the attack. What Kirkpatrick does not report is that Ansar al-Sharia was funded by the Libyan Ministry of Defense through the February 17th Brigade both before September 11, 2012 and afterwards.
Thus, as stated at the outset, although Kirkpatrick’s article is a coverup designed to protect Obama, the reality is that the evidence he presents inadvertently confirms that Obama committed treason by allying with the al-Qaeda affiliated Libyan Islamic Fighting Group in the illegal war to overthrow Qaddafi and then that it was Obama’s al-Qaeda allies in Libya who killed our Ambassador and three other Americans.