According to a 2007 report by
West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center’s center, the Libyan city of
Benghazi was one of Al Qaeda’s main headquarters – and bases for sending
Al Qaeda fighters into Iraq – prior to the overthrow of Gaddafi: Al Qaeda is now largely in control of Libya. Indeed, Al Qaeda flags were flown over the Benghazi courthouse once Gaddafi was toppled.
Gaddafi was on the verge of invading Benghazi in 2011, 4 years after
the West Point report cited Benghazi as a hotbed of Al Qaeda terrorists.
Gaddafi claimed – rightly it turns out – that Benghazi was an Al Qaeda
stronghold and a main source of the Libyan rebellion. But NATO planes stopped him, and protected Benghazi.)
CNN, the Telegraph, the Washington Times,
and many other mainstream sources confirm that Al Qaeda terrorists from
Libya have since flooded into Syria to fight the Assad regime.
Business Insider reports that Stevens may have been linked with Syrian terrorists:
growing evidence that U.S. agents—particularly murdered ambassador
Chris Stevens—were at least aware of heavy weapons moving from Libya to
jihadist Syrian rebels.
In March 2011 Stevens became the official U.S. liaison to the al-Qaeda-linked Libyan
opposition, working directly with Abdelhakim Belhadj of the Libyan
Islamic Fighting Group—a group that has now disbanded, with some
fighters reportedly participating in the attack that took Stevens’ life.
In November 2011 The Telegraph reported
that Belhadj, acting as head of the Tripoli Military Council, “met with
Free Syrian Army [FSA] leaders in Istanbul and on the border with
Turkey” in an effort by the new Libyan government to provide money and
weapons to the growing insurgency in Syria.
Last month The Times of London reported that
a Libyan ship “carrying the largest consignment of weapons for Syria …
has docked in Turkey.” The shipment reportedly weighed 400 tons and
included SA-7 surface-to-air anti-craft missiles and rocket-propelled grenades.
Last week The Telegraph reported that a FSA commander called them “Libyans” when he explained that the FSA doesn’t “want these extremist people here.”
And if the new Libyan government was sending seasoned Islamic fighters and 400 tons of heavy weapons to Syria through a port in southern Turkey—a
deal brokered by Stevens’ primary Libyan contact during the Libyan
revolution—then the governments of Turkey and the U.S. surely knew about
Furthermore there was a CIA post in Benghazi, located 1.2 miles from the U.S. consulate, used as “a base for, among other things, collecting
information on the proliferation of weaponry looted from Libyan
government arsenals, including surface-to-air missiles” … and that its security features “were more advanced than those at rented villa where Stevens died.”
And we know that the CIA has been funneling weapons to the rebels in southern Turkey. The question is whether the CIA has been involved in handing out the heavy weapons from Libya.
other words, ambassador Stevens may have been a key player in deploying
Libyan terrorists and arms to fight the Syrian government.
Other sources also claim that the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was mainly being used as a CIA operation to ship fighters and arms to Syria.
have speculated that – if normal security measures weren’t taken to
protect the Benghazi consulate or to rescue ambassador Stevens – it was
because the CIA was trying to keep an extremely low profile to protect
its cover of being a normal State Department operation.
Why Did CIA Chief David Petraeus Suddenly Resign?
boss David Petraeus suddenly resigned, admitting to an affair. This
could be the real explanation, given that affairs of high-level
intelligence chiefs could compromise national security.
the timing of Petraeus’ resignation becomes more interesting once one
learns that that he was scheduled to testify under oath next week before
power House and Senate committees regarding the Benghazi consulate.
Many speculate that
it wasn’t an affair – but the desire to avoid testifying on Benghazi –
which was the real reason for Petraeus’ sudden resignation.
The Big Picture
the scope of the CIA’s operation in Benghazi – and whatever the real
reason for the resignation of the CIA chief – the key is our historical
and ongoing foreign policy.