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10 Taken Hostage in Terror Attack on Tunisian Consulate in Libya

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Ten people have been taken hostage in a terror attack Friday on the Tunisian Consulate in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Libyan officials were not available for comment, Reuters reported.

The Tunisian Foreign Ministry issued a statement Friday calling the incident a “blatant attack on Tunisian national sovereignty and a flagrant violation of international laws and diplomatic norms. The ministry said it is monitoring the situation and working to secure release of the consulate workers.

An Al Qaeda terror affiliate group attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, murdering Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three U.S. diplomats. A number of other foreign diplomats and consulates in the country were also attacked, leading most nations around the world to withdraw their personnel from Libya.

Tunisians have been warned by the ministry not to travel to Libya due to the current situation; at least 60,000 Tunisians are employed in the country.

Tripoli is currently under the control of a government not recognized by the international community. Libya itself is in utter turmoil, having been torn apart in a brutal revolution in the 2011 Arab Spring.

After rebel forces deposed 40-year dictator Muammar Qaddafi, the nation went through two weak governments and battles between hundreds of militias that left the country ripe for seizure by terrorist forces.

At present, Libya’s internationally-recognized parliament convenes in the eastern city of Tobruk after having been forced out of Tripoli by the Islamist government backed by militas who seized the capital last August.

Much of the country, however, is already under the control of the radical Islamist Da’esh (ISIS) terror group. Da’esh has captured Sirte, the former hometown of Qaddafi, the nearby electricity power plant and Libya’s sole international airport.

Tunisia, which borders Libya, is one of the few countries that had still maintained a mission in the country.

U.S. Lied, Americans Died, According to Official Documents

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Confidential documents obtained from the U.S. government appear to confirm that the American public was lied to repeatedly by this U.S. administration regarding the September 11, 2012 attack on an American government compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Documents obtained through legal channels by the watchdog organization Judicial Watch and discussed on Fox News revealed several significant facts about what government officials knew and when they knew it.

One fact revealed by the legally-obtained documents is that within days of its occurrence, the U.S. intelligence agencies knew that the attack in Benghazi was planned to coincide with the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack on U.S. soil. This information was contained in a September 16 memo which was sent to the National Security Council, the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency.

In other words, the U.S. government knew when it blamed an amateurish video for the rioting and murder of U.S. citizens, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, that Islamic terrorists and not American videographers, were to blame.

“The Obama administration says it was a coincidence that [the Benghazi attack] occurred on 9/11. In fact, their intelligence said it wasn’t a coincidence, and in fact, specifically the attack occurred because it was 9/11,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.

In addition, it was learned that an internal Defense Intelligence Agency memo “predicted the rise of ISIS and the establishment of a caliphate 17 months before U.S. President Barack Obama called ISIS ‘jay-vee.'”

How the administration will explain the long delay in response to a global threat its own experts predicted is not yet clear.

No doubt Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is in for a bumpy ride.

Clinton Said She Will Speak on Benghazi but Only Once

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

The Select Congressional committee on Benghazi requested that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton agree to appear twice before the committee.

Mrs. Clinton has rejected that request, and instead said through her lawyer, David E. Kendall, that she will only appear before the committee once. That rejection was made public through the release of the Kendall letter by congressional Democrats.

“The committee has consistently shown it is interested in getting the facts and doing so in a deliberate and diligent manner,” said Jamal Ware, the committee’s spokesperson. “As a result of the Benghazi Committee’s efforts, the American people now know about Secretary Clinton’s unusual email arrangement with herself, something that would not be known had the committee rushed to call the former secretary in November as committee Democrats pushed.”

Rep. Trey Gowdy, the head of the Benghazi probe, said the probe could have been finished more quickly had Clinton and the White House cooperated more fully.

Kendall said Clinton could appear as soon as May 18, if that is the wish of the committee.

The committee is seeking to determine what actually happened on September 11, 2012, when the American government compound in Benghazi, Libya was attacked and four Americans were killed, including the American Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens.

The administration, including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, initially blamed the violence on a small budget American film that was critical of Mohammad, the Muslim prophet. It was only after facts began to mount that the assault was not a spontaneous riot, but a planned attack, that Clinton and others finally admitted it was an orchestrated attack.

It has since been revealed that American officials in Libya, including Amb. Stevens, had requested additional security for the compound, but that had been rejected. Also, no military efforts were undertaken to rescue the Americans caught in the Sept. 11 Benghazi rampages.

An earlier State Department review into the episode, headed by former Amb. Thomas Pickering, never spoke with Clinton. Instead, the Pickering probe limited its investigation to lower-level employees, and it was upon those lower-level employees that it placed the blame.

The congressional committee wanted Clinton to testify at one time about the Benghazi matter and a second time about her unauthorized use of a personal email server, rather than the government server, during the time she served as Secretary of State.

Nearly two years after she left office, Mrs. Clinton turned over about 30,000 emails she said she had determined were government business. Another 32,000 emails were discarded by her because, she claimed, they were her private emails. She said she then wiped her server clean.

Clinton has refused requests to turn over the server to a neutral third party.

Obama’s Chief of Staff at J St Conference, as with Benghazi, Pointing Right Instead of Left

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Denis McDonough, U.S. President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, gave the Keynote Address at J Street’s fifth annual conference.

J Street was created to be “Obama’s blocking back” as he and it seek to bludgeon Israel into creating a Palestinian State immediately if not sooner, claiming that unless that happens, Israel cannot remain both a Jewish and a democratic state.

McDONOUGH’S CONNECTIONS TO BENGHAZI COVER-UP AND SOROS THINK TANK

What has largely been ignored is the connection between this chief of staff and one of the greatest catastrophes of the first Obama administration.

During the fall of 2012, a mob later revealed to be al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists took over an American mission in Benghazi, Libya and murdered four Americans, including the American Ambassador Chris Stevens. Initial reports crafted by the administration blamed a low quality video critical of Muhammad for the “demonstration” that “got out of hand.”

At the time of the Benghazi debacle, the current chief of staff was the Deputy National Security Advisor. It was to him and the other three members of what is called the National Security Council Deputies Committee, that the House Intelligence Committee traced the changes in the infamous “talking points” to minimize the fact that terrorists and not simply an outraged crowd of Muslims responding to a low-budget video, “The Innocence of Muslims” was behind the attacks on the American outposts in Benghazi.

Of the four members of the Deputies Committee, McDonough was the one who most vociferously and publicly condemned the “truly abhorrent video.”

Other than being Obama’s chief of staff and a former deputy national security advisor, who is Denis McDonough? Prior to his positions in the executive branch, MdDonough did a stint at the George Soros-created Center for American Progress. Who else was integral to the creation of CAP? Morton Halperin, who was also a co-creator and is now the chair of J Street’s board of directors.

Back to this year’s J Street Conference.

McDonough spoke on Monday, March 23, about the accomplishments of Team Obama over the past six years. McDonough knew full well he was speaking to a crowd that fervently embraces many of those changes.

McDonough has long been extremely close with Obama. The chief of staff channeled his boss by chiding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over a statement  made just before last week’s election in Israel.

McDonough verbally glared at Netanyahu for audaciously suggesting that the present was not the right time to create a Palestinian State in the Middle East. Netanyahu had gone even one step further and said that the creation of such a state at any time in the near future would be not just unwise but calamitous, given the ever-expanding presence of radical Islamic organizations such as ISIS, which have been consolidating power and asserting control over weak governments in the region.

The nerve of Netanyahu to rely on his own assessments of what would be catastrophic for the Middle East rather than accept the U.S. administration’s view of how things should go down in the region, especially given this administration’s foreign policy track record over the past six years: Iran’s Green Party, Egypt’s Mubarak, then Egypt’s Morsi, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, the re-set with Russia, ISIS, Yemen and a host of others.

But McDonough knew he was in friendly territory at the J Street Conference and knew there would be a warm reception for an attack on Netanyahu for daring to say out loud that it was unwise to create a Palestinian State now.

“That is why the Prime Minister’s comments on the eve of the election – in which he first intimated and then made very clear in a response to a follow up question that a Palestinian state will not be established while he is prime minister – were so troubling,” McDonough said.

American Among the Dead in Terrorist Attack on Libyan Hotel

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

The terrorist attack on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the luxury Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli, Libya, carried out by an ISIS-affiliate, resulted in the death of at least 10 people. The dead included a former U.S. Marine.

The American, David Berry, was a contractor with Crucible, a security firm. Berry served as a U.S. Marine from 2000 until 2012. A report on social media states that Berry was shot.

The Islamic State in Tripoli Province, a Libyan branch of ISIS, claimed responsibility for the attacks. It named the terrorists: Abu Ibraheem Al-Tunsi and Abu Sulaiman Al-Sudani. Those last names indicate one was of Tunisian background and the other Sudanese. Both were reportedly Libyan nationals.

The attack was believed to be carried out to avenge the capture of an alleged al Qaeda operative, Abu Anas al-Libi, who had been accused of playing a role in the bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. Al-Libi died in U.S. captivity, awaiting trial.

The terrorists shot their way into the hotel, according to CNN. A car bomb was also detonated in the parking lot of the hotel during the attack. The two terrorists blew themselves up when security forces began closing in on them.

In addition to Berry, one French citizen and three Tajikistanis were killed in the attack, according to preliminary reports. The remaining five dead are all believed to have been Libyans.

The Prime Minister of Libya, Omar al-Hassi, was staying in the hotel, just two floors away from where the focus of the attack took place. Al-Hassi was hustled out of the building and escaped harm.

This is the first major attack on foreign nationals in Libya since the September 2012 Benghazi attack in which four Americans were killed.

Libyan Parliament Attacked in Islamist Purge Attempt

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Ever since the 2011 ouster of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadaffi, competing factions have been engaged in efforts on the one hand to turn Libya into an Islamist stronghold, and on the other, to shepherd Libya towards democracy.

What started with high hopes for real democracy following decades of absolute dictatorship has now sputtered out into infighting, violence, political stagnation and economic downturn.

On Sunday, May 18, a military-style attack on the Libyan government’s General National Congress building was waged reportedly by retired Libyan general Khalifa Haftar, who has been attempting to eliminate control over sections of the state by Islamist terrorist groups such as Ansar al-Sharia.

Reuters is reporting an attack was waged on Friday in Benghazi to dampen Islamists control over the city, an assault that included military helicopters and was described by opponents as a coup attempt by Haftar. His followers call themselves the National Army. Friday’s attack left 75 dead and 140 wounded.

Lawmaker Omar Bushah told Reuters that gunmen stormed into the General National Congress building, raiding lawmakers’ offices and setting the building on fire.

There were local reports that seven lawmakers had been captured, but other reports denied anyone had been in the building when the assault began.

Following Friday’s assault, Libyan authorities imposed a “no-fly” zone over Benghazi. But the disorganized regular army is in no position to control the many independent, well-armed groups.

The removal of Gaddafi augered a new beginning for Libya, but the rebel groups formed to help with his ouster have been dissatisfied with their access to oil wealth and control.  At the same time, Islamist groups unleashed in the aftermath of the Arab Spring uprisings are firmly devoted to creating a theocratic, hardline Islamist state.

Severe birth pains have accompanied Libya’s lurch towards democracy. It is now on its third prime minister since March, the parliament is unable to gain consensus and the new constitution is yet to be written.

Not only is Libya burdened by warring factions, easily toppled leaders and outright violence, but the oil-rich nation’s economic lifeline has been in free fall. Libya had been producing 1.4 million barrels of oil per day. It is now down to producing only 200,000 barrels per day.

Benghazi Burning: 1000+ Prisoners Escaped, Justice Bldgs Bombed

Monday, July 29th, 2013

This is what utter lawlessness looks like.

On Saturday, more than 1,100 prisoners inside the Kuafiya Prison in Benghazi, Libya escaped after demonstrations outside, and riots inside, induced the guards to open the doors or risk having everyone inside burn to death.

By Sunday, approximately 100 of those who had escaped had been recaptured, but Benghazi saw more violence that evening.

Two explosions rocked the city of Benghazi on Sunday evening, one in front of a court house, and the other in front of the Justice Ministry.  There were no fatalities, but 13 people were injured.  However, there was massive damage to the buildings and surrounding areas.

Although no one claimed responsibility for the explosions or the prison break, it is believed that the violence was in response to the assassination of a lawyer and leading critic of the Muslim Brotherhood, Abdelsalam al-Mosmary, who was shot in the chest after leaving a Benghazi mosque following Friday prayers.  Al-Mosmary was extremely outspoken and harshly criticized the presence of armed militias on the streets of Libya. These militias were also the focus of massive protests following the September 11, 2012 attack on the American Compound in Benghazi.

After news of al-Mosmary’s death spread, hundreds of protesters attacked the Benghazi and Tripoli offices of Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood, late on Friday, according to Reuters.

Over the weekend Libya’s Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan, closed the border between Libya and Egypt.  He suspected that al-Mosmary’s assassins were headed towards Egypt.  Zeidan was elected in the fall of 2012, when he narrowly defeated Mohamed Al Harary, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, by 8 votes.

Zeidan said he would reshuffle his cabinet in the wake of the violence. An emergency meeting is expected to take place on Monday.

Violence in Libya is on the increase.  Of course, Benghazi was the site of the September 11, 2012 murders of four Americans: Ambassador Christopher Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Information Officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALS and Embassy security personnel Glen Doherty and Tyrone S. Woods. But Libyan political activists were stunned by the assassination of one of their own.

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