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U.S. Officials Rebut NY Times Benghazi Report Backing Obama Narrative

In late December, the New York Times published an extensive report featuring first-hand interviews from the attackers who laid siege to an American consulate in Benghazi in 2012. The report concluded that “core Al Qaeda” was not involved in that attack and an inflammatory YouTube video played a large role in inciting that violence. But a report in the Washington Post on Wednesday citing U.S. officials rebuts the Times’ conclusions.

The Post reports that a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Sufian bin Qumu, played a large role in the Benghazi attack. Citing anonymous U.S. officials, the Post reports that Qumu and his organization, Ansar al-Sharia, were in the area days prior to the attack.

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“The State Department is expected to tie Qumu’s group to the Benghazi attack when it designates three branches of Ansar al-Sharia, in Darnah, Benghazi and Tunisia, as foreign terrorist organizations in the coming days,” the Post report continues.

The officials also asserted that Qumu and his militiamen “participated in the attack.”

Qumu “fought alongside the Taliban against the United States in Afghanistan” before he was captured in Pakistan and transferred to Guantanamo Bay. The U.S. repatriated Qumu to Libya in 2007 and he was released by Libyan officials in 2008.

Read the full report via the Washington Post

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