Monday, December 10, 2012

Suspect Questioned in Deadly Benghazi Attack

Suspect linked to Benghazi, Libya attack that killed US Ambassador Chris Stephens arrested in Egypt: report

Mohammed Abu Jamal Ahmed is being questioned in relation to the terror attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, NBC News is reporting


A suspected terrorist accused of playing a part in the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stephens and three other Americans in Libya has reportedly been detained by Egyptian authorities.

Mohammed Abu Jamal Ahmed, who allegedly has ties with militant groups in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been arrested in CairoNBC reported citing unnamed intelligence sources. 

Ahmed is also accused of running guns for extremist groups between Libya and Egypt.

It is still unclear what role, if any, he played in the Benghazi attack, the network reported.

Early intelligence reports suggested that fighters trained at camps Ahmed established in Libya had participated in the attack, a former U.S. official told the Wall Street Journal in October.

Ahmed was trying to start a new branch of Al Qaeda, authorities told the Journal, and has been considered a major threat by Western counterterrorism officials since he was released from Egyptian prison in the wake of the revolution that ousted former president Hosni Mubarak.

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Two intelligence sources were quoted by NBC News on Saturday in a report that alleged Mohammed Abu Jamal Ahmed was arrested in Egypt on charges of involvement in the attack in Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. diplomats.

Others involved in the Benghazi attack were terrorists affiliated with the groups Ansar al Shari'a and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb (AQIM), based in Algeria.

Ahmed escaped from an Egyptian jail in a prison break that took place during the January 25 Revolution that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. He has a long history of terrorist activity.

He traveled to Afghanistan in the late 1980s, where he trained to make bombs,according to an exclusive report published in October in The Wall Street Journal. A former head of the operational wing of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Ahmed was not in the upper echelons of the organization, Ahmed's associates said. 

According to the report, last year he began building his own terror group, referred to by Western officials as the Jamal Network. The organization appears to have training camps in Libya, WSJ reported.

He was recently arrested in Cairo, where he resides, the sources told NBC News, but has not yet been charged in Egyptian State Security Court. Actively involved with terror groups in Iraq and Afghanistan, Egyptian intelligence has been monitoring Ahmed's movements, they added. In addition to being charged with involvement in the Benghazi attack, he was also accused of transporting weapons to Egypt from Libya.

Fears are being raised in Washington that a secret delivery of arms shipments to Libyan rebels, approved by the Obama administration may also have reached the hands of Islamic terrorists, and may have been the weapons used by Al Qaeda-linked terrorists to kill U.S. Ambassador Stevens.

It is believed that Ahmed also fought in the Libyan revolution that toppled the regime of former dictator Muammar Qaddafi. Rebel forces received generous support from Western nations in that uprising.

Suspect Questioned in Deadly Benghazi Attack

Mohammed Abu Jamal Ahmed was detained and questioned in Egypt for his suspected involvement in the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi

A man accused of having ties to the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, has been taken into custody in Egypt and is being questioned for his suspected involvement.

Four Americans were killed in that September 11 attack in Benghazi, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three men from San Diego: diplomat Sean Smith, 34, and former Navy SEALS Glen Doherty and Tyrone “Ty” Woods.
Doherty and Woods were working as security contractors in Libya.

On Saturday, authorities took suspect Mohammed Abu Jamal Ahmed into custody in Egypt. Two intelligence sources in Cairo tell NBC News that Ahmed is also accused of transporting weapons from Libya to Egypt.

He's described as in his late 30s, and is known among Egyptian intelligence officials for his involvement with radical militant groups in Egypt, Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Ahmed was in prison in Egypt before the uprising there, but escaped after the country's revolution.

He has not been formally charged but is being questioned about his involvement in the attack in Benghazi.

NBC 7 spoke with defense strategist Glen Irvine about this potential break in the case. Irvine said it's important that U.S. Intelligence be involved in questioning Ahmed.
"The real important thing is, can we get in the room with Egypt officials to interrogate as much information as we can from him, to really get a good grip of what actually happened in Benghazi [and see] if he was involved? More importantly, what is the spread of these terrorist groups?" said Irvine.

At this point, it is unclear exactly what role Ahmed may have played in the attack in Libya, but his arrest may lead to some answers for the families of those Americans killed in the attack.

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