Libyan Journalist, Poet and Political Activist.
Founder of the Doha based Libyan TV Channel; Libya for the Free - ليبيا لكل ألاحرار
السبت، 11 يناير 2014
Libya _Pair of Libyan militant groups were involved in 2012 Benghazi attack, U.S. officials allege&&
The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama for the first time on Friday identified two militant groups in Libya, including one led by a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, as being allegedly involved in the attack in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.The U.S. State Department designated the two branches of the Ansar al-Sharia in Libya, those in the cities of Derna and Benghazi, and a third branch in Tunisia as foreign terrorist organizations.It also named Sufian bin Qumu, the leader of the Derna branch, and Ahmed Abu Khattala, a senior leader of the Benghazi branch, as specially designated global terrorists.The Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi is still a political issue in Washington.U.S. officials have said Khattala and an unspecified number of others have been named in a sealed complaint filed in U.S.District Court in Washington, but it's unclear what they have been charged with.No one has been arrested in the attack in which a group of militants set fire to the diplomatic mission and killed the four.Qumu, who was released from Guantanamo Bay in 2007 and later freed in Libya, was described as a "probable member of al-Qaida" in an assessment written by officials at the military prison in Cuba in 2005. The assessment was released by WikiLeaks.The State Department, said al-Qaida did not orchestrate the Benghazi attack.Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the two Ansar al-Sharia branches are separate groups.
She also said the announcement was not an assertion that Ansar al-Sharia's branches in Benghazi and Derna were the only two organizations whose members were allegedly involved in the attack in Benghazi, that those groups pre-planned the attack well in advance or that they were somehow more responsible than any others involved.
She said officials were still investigating the attack