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Documents: Administration Knew of al-Qaida Ties to Benghazi Attacks

By    |   Tuesday, 19 May 2015 10:36 PM

The Obama administration knew the 2012 Benghazi attacks were committed by al-Qaida linked terrorists the day after the siege on the American consulate, according to secret documents obtained by Judicial Watch.

The documents, according to Judicial Watch, contain communications sent to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the White House National Security Council on Sept. 12, 2012, the day following the attack that killed four Americans, including J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

The documents are heavily redacted, according to Judicial Watch, but indicate the U.S. government knew the attack was planned in advance by The Brigades of the Captive Omar Abdul Rahman (BCOAR), which is linked to both al-Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood.

"The attack on the American consulate in Benghazi was planned and executed by The Brigades of the Captive Omar Abdul Rahman (BCOAR). BCOAR is also responsible for past attacks on the Red Cross in Benghazi and the attack on the British ambassador; they have approximately 120 members," one document reads.

"The BCOAR are connected to Ansar al-Sharia katiba, commanded by Sofian AL ((GUMMA)), they are based in Derna but have a branch in Benghazi. Ansar al-Sharia share the same ideology as BCOAR, but it is not thought that they were involved in the attack on the U.S. American consulate on 11 September 2012.

"The attack was planned ten or more days prior on approximately 01 September 2012. The intention was to attack the consulate and to kill as many Americans as possible to seek revenge for U.S. killing of Aboyahiye ((ALALIBY)) in Pakistan and in memorial of the 11 September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center buildings."

The document goes on to explain where the attackers trained and talks about a room in a local mosque "that contains a large number of written documents. The majority of their communication is written as the group very rarely uses email, these documents contain information on all of the AQ [al-Qaida] activity in Libya."

Other documents obtained by Judicial Watch talked about the Obama administration knowing weapons were being smuggled from Benghazi to Syrian rebels. Another memo, written in 2012, claimed "the Salafist, the Muslim Brotherhood, and AQI are the major forces driving the insurgency in Syria."

It was recently discovered that Clinton used several private email addresses during her years as secretary of state (2009-2013), and lawmakers are attempting to track down some of her missing emails tied to Benghazi.

Clinton is scheduled to testify on Benghazi sometime this month on Capitol Hill.

Judicial Watch obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit.

"These documents show that the Benghazi coverup has continued for years and is only unraveling through our independent lawsuits," Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said.

"The Benghazi scandal just got a whole lot worse for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton."

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