OCT 25, 2012 • BY THOMAS JOSCELYN
The Benghazi story continues to evolve. CNN reports that multiple al Qaeda franchises, and others with al Qaeda links, are suspected of taking part in the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate.
The lead sentence from a new CNN.com piece (“US Intel believes some Benghazi attackers tied to al Qaeda in Iraq”) reads: “U.S. intelligence believes that assailants connected to al Qaeda in Iraq were among the core group that attacked the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, a U.S. government official told CNN.”
The al Qaeda in Iraq terrorists reportedly joined others from al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, a local militia named Ansar al Sharia that has suspected al Qaeda ties, and an Egyptian jihadist network that also reportedly has direct ties to al Qaeda’s senior leaders.
While the story is still being pieced together, the overall picture is becoming clearer: The more one investigates the attack in Benghazi, the more al Qaeda ties one finds.
CNN reports that the “latest intelligence suggests the core group of suspects from the first wave of the attack on the Benghazi mission numbered between 35 to 40,” and that “[a]round a dozen of the attackers are believed to be connected to either al Qaeda in Iraq or al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the government official said.”