When it comes to implicating Egyptian terrorist individuals and groups or the former Mohammed Mursi regime in the Benghazi attacks, there is a palpable reticence in the conservative media to do so. The latest example comes from Fox News reporter Adam Housley, who otherwise delivered some very important information.
Sources on the ground in Benghazi have relayed to a Fox News that while Ahmed Abu Khattala was at the scene during the attack, he was not the ringleader. In fact, one of those sources referred to him as “low hanging fruit”. If Khattalla is the head of Ansar al-Sharia’s Benghazi branch and is a small fish, how much of a bigger fish are we talking about?
Would it not include Egyptians?
During his report, Housely made reference to a U.S. target list consisting of four groups but he wouldn’t identify any of them:
“The U.S. has a target list composed of four groups and in those four groups are split up in different… obviously into different areas. We don’t want to give those actual groups out to the bad guys, who might be watching this.”
Why the names of these groups should be such a secret is a bit curious. We certainly didn’t have to keep the name “al-Qaeda” secret after the first 9/11 attack. Once again, the Egyptian connection to the Benghazi attacks is either played down – or in this case – completely ignored, despite the fact that it’s a matter of public record. The Egyptian-based Jamal Network has been implicated in the attack, though perhaps not so intentionally.
During testimony in front of the House Oversight Committee last year, ARB Chairman Thomas Pickering inadvertently revealed information from the classified version of his report when he admitted that there was an Egyptian terrorist group named. It is believed he was referring to the Jamal Network.
Soon thereafter, the U.S. State Department identified Jamal Network as a terrorist network. The United Nations went further, identifying the Jamal Network as having been involved in the attacks as Shoebat.com reported.
The namesake of the Jamal Network – Muhammad Jamal Abdo Al-Kashif – was released from prison shortly after Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow in 2011. The man Shoebat.com determined is actually the leader of the Jamal network – Tarek Taha Abu Al-Azm – was also arrested at that time. Both men were arrested in the weeks after the Benghazi attacks. Their whereabouts at this time remain unknown but they are presumably still in Egyptian jails.
Another group suspected of being involved is Ansar al-Sharia Egypt, led by an Egyptian cleric named Marjan Salem, as Shoebat.com reported. Thanks to a Libyan intelligence document (EXHIBIT B in “Ironclad”) that details the claims of several Egyptians arrested after the attack, both Marjan and then Egyptian President Mursi were named as having sent them.
Nonetheless, Housley’s report that Khattala wasn’t the ringleader does comport with the findings of our “Ironclad” report.
Here is Housley’s report: