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Former Guantanamo Detainee Sufian bin Qumu Was on Ground in Benghazi during Attack

October 26, 2013

According to a security source in Libya, former Guantanamo Bay detainee  Sufian bin Qumu, who is suspected of running camps in eastern Libya where some  of the jihadists who attacked the diplomatic mission in Benghazi trained, was  in  Benghazi on the night of September 11, 2012.  The State Department confirmed  that Ansar al-Sharia was one of the Islamic groups that were identified in the  attack, and Qumu is a “respected  member” of the jihadist group.

Fox News reports:

Sufian bin Qumu

Two sources  familiar with the investigation, when asked about bin Qumu’s whereabouts the  night of the attack, did not dispute the claim he was in  Benghazi. 


While it is not clear whether bin Qumu was directing the assault, his  security file from Guantanamo may be revealing. Having already trained in Usama  bin Laden’s camps, in 1998 bin Qumu joined the Taliban in Pakistan and  “communicated with likely extremist elements via radio during this period  indicating a position of leadership,” the file shows. 

Fox News’ ongoing reporting on the attack has shown that at least four  key Benghazi suspects have ties to the Al Qaeda senior leadership in Pakistan.  They include bin Qumu and Muhammad Jamal, whose network is also suspected of  training jihadists for the attack. Jamal was held, and later released by,  Egyptian authorities. Earlier this month, the State Department’s terrorist  designation for Jamal and his network cites letters he exchanged with Al Qaeda  leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, where Jamal asked for money and explained the scope  of  his training camps, which included Libya and the Sinai. 

Fox News was first to report that two other suspects have ties to the Al  Qaeda senior leadership — one believed to be a former courier and the other, a  bodyguard for the network. Faraj al Chalabi, identified to Fox News as the  bodyguard, was also in Afghanistan with bin Laden until the U.S. invasion in  October 2001.

Qumu was transferred to Guantanamo on May 5, 2002 and release to Libya on  September 28, 2007, where he was initially held and then released.  According  to  his Guantanamo  review file, made public by WikiLeaks Sufian bin Qumu is a “former  member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), a probable member of  al-Qaeda and a member of the North African Extremist Network. Detainee is a  medium to high risk and he is likely to pose a threat to the US and its  interests and allies.”

Well isn’t that special?  Again, not one person has been held accountable for  what took place in Benghazi.  No one in the federal government and not one  person among the men who attacked the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya  more  than a year ago.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI), who would not  comment on specific suspects or their backgrounds, said “This was an al-Qaeda  affiliate, an extremist element, operating, hoping to……attack the embassy.   They  were hoping to kill the ambassador, but it exceeded beyond what they  thought was  possible.”

Back at the first of August, we reported that Ahmed Abu Khattala, a Libyan militia leader, had the first charges filed  against him by prosecutors in the September 11, 2012 attack.  Since that time,  he has not been captured or extradited, and as such, has not been held  accountable.


Credit To:  Tim Brown / Freedom Outpost

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