THREE TERRORISTS FEDS WANT YOU TO IGNORE
By Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack
Everyone knows that when you’re in the human intelligence business, you have to engage and deal with dirty characters. What happens, however, when those dirty characters who double as informants, spies or human intelligence assets commit heinous crimes? Do their handlers look the other way? Are they told to look the other way by their superiors?
At some point, those who view these terrorists as assets can become dirty too. Unfortunately, there is usually a straw that breaks the camel’s back and the terrorist / asset has to be dealt with after a major event. A sure fire indicator is when such terrorists are apprehended and essentially disappear.
It seems that with every new terror attack comes even more cover-up and secrecy. The same can be said about how incarcerated terrorists are treated. An Egyptian connection to the Benghazi attacks in the form of a terrorist organization known as the Muhammad Jamal Network (MJN), named after Muhammad Jamal Abdo al-Kashif has long ago been confirmed but a connection between al-Kashif and a double agent named Ali Mohamed, who manipulated U.S. agents for well more than a decade was recently revealed by Shoebat.com.
It’s time to add a third terrorist to this cadre.
Little more than one year after Benghazi, in an operation that lasted 30 seconds, U.S. Commandos captured a terrorist in Tripoli who is connected to Mohamed. His name is Anas al-Libi. He had been indicted for his role in the August 7, 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. Here is the video that shows him being apprehended on October 5, 2013:
Mohamed pleaded guilty for his role in the Embassy bombings on October 20, 2000.
Just months earlier, in May of 2000, the home of al-Libi, who had been living in the UK since 1995 was raided and a terrorist training manual was found. It was introduced into evidence in the trial of several defendants indicted for the bombings. The New York Times reported that Mohamed and al-Libi had worked “closely” together.
Al-Libi appeared to be an intelligence asset for the U.K. in a way similar to how Mohamed had been one for the U.S. According to the UK Daily Mail, the MI6 is believed to have financed an al-Qaeda plot to assassinate Libya’s Muammar Gadhafi in 1996 and that al-Libi was allowed to remain in the UK in return for his help in that plot, which ultimately failed. Shockingly, long after the ’98 bombings, al-Libi was arrested in 1999 on charges related to terrorism but was released. Though he was not indicted for the Embassy bombings until 2001, U.S. authorities had to have known of al-Libi’s involvement at the time of his arrest in 1999.
Again, this reveals another parallel with Mohamed’s case. In the 1995 “Day of Terror” trial, Mohamed was not indicted, despite evidence against him. It’s as if al-Libi was allowed to go free after the Embassy bombings in much the same way that Mohamed was allowed to go free in the “Day of Terror” trial. However, just as the Embassy bombings were the last straw for Mohamed, something served as the last straw for al-Libi.
Was that last straw related to the Benghazi attacks? While there is no known evidence connecting al-Libi to those attacks, there certainly are indications that he was relied on by the U.S. and possibly the U.K. in Libya during that country’s civil war in 2011, a decade after he had been indicted for the Embassy bombings. Reports place al-Libi’s return to Libya as early as December of 2010 and possibly as late as the spring of 2011, right when NATO was gearing up to assist the rebels fight Gadhafi in the Libyan civil war.
As Shoebat.com reported shortly after al-Libi’s arrest, a connection between MJN’s al-Kashif and al-Libi is quite possible as well. Both men are steeped in a history with al-Qaeda number one Ayman al-Zawahiri. According to the Weekly Standard’s Thomas Joscelyn, al-Libi was “Zawahiri’s “Man in Libya”. As Shoebat.com reported, al-Kashif had been Zawahiri’s man for years, as a commander in Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) in the 1990’s. EIJ was led by al-Zawahiri at the time.
Mohamed was with EIJ in the 1990’s as well. In fact, he trained al-Zawahiri’s bodyguards and brought the al-Qaeda leader to the U.S. on various fundraising trips.
Al-Libi was active in this fight as well and was operating inside Libya as U.S. intelligence had him under surveillance despite him being under indictment. Al-Libi’s connection to Mohamed and to al-Kashif via al-Zawahiri would definitely prove embarrassing if he was involved in Benghazi.
An Egyptian connection to the Benghazi attacks was officially and accidentally introduced into the Congressional record one year and eight days after four Americans had been murdered in those attacks. That Egyptian connection was the Jamal Network, led by a terrorist connected to Ali Mohamed through EIJ. Less than two weeks after Benghazi Accountability Review Board (ARB) Chairman Thomas Pickering inadvertently revealed that connection, al-Libi was captured.
Any connection between al-Libi and al-Kashif would have made details about al-Libi highly sensitive to the U.S. and the U.K. as al-Libi was permitted to operate inside Libya throughout 2011 despite there being an indictment for his arrest relative to bombings that resulted in the deaths of hundreds, including 12 Americans.
Al-Kashif, who was released from an Egyptian jail after the overthrow of Mubarak, which was backed by the Obama administration, thereafter founded the Jamal Network. His group would later be involved in the Benghazi attacks. After several weeks, he was re-arrested by Egyptian authorities in late October of 2012. In February of the following year, Fox News reported that U.S. officials were denied access to al-Kashif.
Then State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland was asked about this in a press conference but said any such questions would have to be directed to the FBI, which denied to comment:
The terrorist trifecta of Ali Mohamed, Muhammad Jamal Abdo al-Kashif and Anas al-Libi all have various things in common, including a desire on the part of western leaders to keep much that is known about all of them, hidden.