Minute by minute, additional information concerning the terror attack in Benghazi that left Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty and an additional civil servant dead is coming to light. A new report by Fox News’ Catherine Herridge reveals that a mere two days after the deadly siege on our diplomatic outpost in Libya on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, officials from the FBI and National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) each gave briefings on Capitol Hill in which they confirmed that the evidence supported al Qaeda and al Qaeda-affiliates were the ones responsible for the attack.
Watch the report below:
When one considers the timeline of events, juxtaposing intelligence agencies’ confirmation that the attack was brought to bear by al Qaeda and its affiliates and was not simply a spontaneous “flash mob” spawned by a low-budget YouTube video, the picture appears grim for President Obama.
Recall that on the same day as the FBI and NCTC briefings (September 13), administration officials were still peddling the narrative that a video critical of Islam was the catalyst for the attack. Also recall that on September 25, Obama took to the floor of the UN and in a lengthy speech, linked the carnage in Benghazi to that same video no less than six times.
The Fox report informs that the FBI and NCTC assessment of the events in Benghazi were based on “intercepts that included individuals believed to have participated in the attack” and who had openly rejoiced at the devastation they had waged. TheBlaze of course also reported on the string of emails sent to the administration from the pro-al Qaeda organization Ansar al-Sharia a mere two hours after the siege in Benghazi in which the group claimed credit for the attack.
Meanwhile, on September 14, CIA Director David Petraeus gave his own briefing in which he maintained that a spontaneously-formed mob was ultimately responsible for the death of four Americans and the ensuing violence. In what the General characterized as a “chronological order” of “exactly what we felt happened, how it happened, and where we’re going in the future,” Petraeus stated:
“In the Benghazi area, in the beginning we feel that it was spontaneous – the protest- because it went on for two or three hours, which is very relevant because if it was something that was planned, then they could have come and attacked right away.”
Further to claiming al Qaeda involvement in the attack, Herridge’s report notes that FBI and NCTC also briefed that there were a string of al Qaeda training camps on the outskirts of Benghazi, which is an area that members of the intelligence community describe as extremely hostile to the West and serves as a breeding ground for Islamists.
Of course, the type of weapons used in the attack, including mortars also indicate that the event was well-coordinated.