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The president of the United States, the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense have lied about the motivations leading to the murders at Benghazi on 9/11, blaming the attacks on an obscure, unknown video rather than a planned attack by the AlQaeda franchise, Ansar al Shariah. They are also holding back the truth and evidence of what occurred, what they saw and what they knew. The question remains “Why was the Ambassador targeted by radical Islamists?”
It is significant that on the evening of September 11, Ambassador Christopher Stevens travelled to the dangerous city of Bengazi and met with the Turkish Consulate General for an hour before the attacks were initiated. What did they discuss?
In March 2011 Stevens was appointed the official U.S. liaison to the al-Qaeda-linked Libyan opposition that provided weapons to Syrian rebels. Writer and intelligence expert, Clare Lopez points out, “Stevens was tasked with helping to coordinate U.S. assistance to the rebels, whose top military commander, Abdelhakim Belhadj, was the leader of the Al Qaeda affiliate, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG).“ Stevens was authorized by both the U.S. Department of State and the Obama administration to aid and abet individuals and groups that were, at a minimum, allied ideologically with our enemy, Al Qaeda.
So are Obama and Clinton on the side of America or on the side of our enemies?
In Libya, Ansar al-Shariah is an Al Qaeda operation, established with the assistance of senior Al Qaeda operatives from Pakistan to supervise the formation of a new clandestine Al Qaeda network in Libya that would refrain from using the Al Qaeda name. This is the same organization that took responsibility for the 9/11 attack on the Benghazi Consulate.
In Syria, as part of the Arab spring movement, rebels are trying to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad and form a democracy. As with the other Arab countries, various rebel groups, including Al Qaeda, are fighting for victory and control. The evidence shows that the United States as well as Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been providing weapons, support and training to the Islamic fighters in Syria. These weapons will be used against Assad, and after the Islamic fighters win, they will be used against the United States and our allies.
Over the last year, the U.S. involvement in running weapons to AlQaeda fighters in Syria appears to be escalating.
Almost a year ago, The UK Telegraph reported that Stevens’ contact, Belhadj, acting as head of the Tripoli Military Council, "met with Free Syrian Army [FSA] leaders in Istanbul and on the border with Turkey". His purpose was to offer money, weapons and training to the growing insurgency in Syria. against Assad, mainly consisting of radical Islamists and AlQaeda fighters to topple Assad.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyp Erdogan, a close friend of Obama, once enjoyed close ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but has become one of his fiercest critics and has demanded he step down in the face of a 16-month-old uprising in which thousands of civilians have died, and 44,000 Syrian refugees have fled to Turkey.
According to Reuters, on July 30, 2012, in a 36-minute phone call, Erdogan and Obama discussed how they could work together and co-ordinate their efforts to accelerate the political transition in Syria.
In August, 2012, it was reported in the Lebanese Daily Star newspaper that Qatar and Saudi Arabia as well as Libya were sending arms to the fighters against Assad; however, the fighters did not have the advanced weapons needed to confront Bashar al-Assad's regime. The rebels were still massively outgunned by pro-regime forces and were lacking "more advanced types of weapons that could be used to confront aviation". Decisions had to be made.
According to writer Lopez, reports leaked to the media, sometime earlier in 2012, indicated that President Obama signed an intelligence finding to permit the CIA and other US government agencies to provide support to the Syrian rebels, whose ranks are reported to be dominated by Al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and other jihadist fighters. Was Belhadj a conduit for U.S. support, perhaps via Turkey? Did CIA Chief Petraeus go along with this?
A week before 9/11, 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.
Those heavy weapons are most likely from Muammar Gaddafi’s stock of approximately 20,000 portable heat-seeking missiles—the bulk of them SA-7s—that the Libyan leader obtained from the former Eastern bloc. Reuters reports that Syrian rebels have been using those heavy weapons to shoot down Syrian helicopters and fighter jets. Was this part of the weapons transfer that Stevens was overseeing?
The ship's captain was "a Libyan from Benghazi and the head of an organization called the Libyan National Council for Relief and Support," which was presumably established by the new Libyan government and connected to Belhadj. It’s not known if Stevens knew about this ship's consignment beforehand or found out later.
The English BBC has reported last week that they have reliable information that Syrian militants have foreign, portable anti-aircraft missile systems made in the USA, but it's not known who delivered them.
Furthermore, BBC reported that jihadists are the strongest fighters in the Syrian opposition, but where did they come from? Were they trained by Stevens’ contact, Belhadj?
If the new Libyan government were sending seasoned Islamic fighters and 400 tons of heavy weapons to Syria through a port in southern Turkey—a deal brokered by Belhadj during the Libyan revolution—then the governments of Turkey and the U.S. surely knew about it.
Back in Benghazi, there was a CIA house located just 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 the rented villa where Stevens died." Since Obama did not send in a force after the attack, much of that information and weaponry were looted and lost.
On the day of the attack on Benghazi, President Obama addressed the Arab Forum on Asset. The Forum's goal is to recover assets stolen by prior regimes in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya. Obama offered thanks to the Emir of Qatar-- Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and praised the inspiring democratic example of the Arab Spring. He also offered support for his envoys, including Attorney General Eric Holder, who was attending the Arab Forum conference as the chief U.S. representative. Was Eric Holder in Qatar to discuss weapons running?
Later that evening of 9/11, after Stevens’ meeting, the Turkish Consulate General departed, and all was still peaceful around the compound. Thirty minutes or so after his Turkish guest left, Ambassador Stevens decided to go to retire for the evening. All of a sudden, shots were fired leading to 7 hours of hell. Whether Stevens was involved in trafficking weapons or trying to recoup weapons, it's clear he was murdered to silence the mission.
To be continued…