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01-21-2013, 10:27 AM #1
RAND PAUL: OBAMA IN GUNS-TO-JIHADISTS COVER-UP?
RAND PAUL: OBAMA IN GUNS-TO-JIHADISTS COVER-UP?
'A kind of international Fast and Furious in Benghazi'
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., raised questions during a radio interview today about whether the Obama administration was smuggling guns to jihadist rebels in a possible “international Fast and Furious” that the White House has tried to cover up.
Speaking on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s WABC Radio, Paul said the guns scheme could help explain the reason for the coordinated attacks against the U.S. special mission and CIA annex in Benghazi last September.
Stated Paul: “There is also some concern about whether or not Libyan arms are being ferried through Turkey into Syrian rebels and whether or not that had something to do with the cover-up that came out of the administration when the administration was saying that, ‘Oh, this attack in Benghazi had something to do with a film.’
“Maybe that was to cover up that there was some kind of gun smuggling going on over there, some kind of international fast and furious was going on in Libya and that this was a cover-up,” Paul continued. “These are some of the questions that we are going to have for Hillary Clinton when she comes before our committee.
“I am very concerned about the president giving arms to Syrian rebels,” Paul told Klein.
The politician, who will serve on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the U.S.-backed rebels in Syria include jihadists tied to al-Qaida.
“There’s about a million Christians in Syria, one of the largest populations of Christians are in Syria. They are not necessarily siding with the rebels because many of the rebels are extremist radical Islamists such as Al-Nusra elements of al-Qaida. And there is concern that the Christians will not be tolerated, will be wiped out if the rebels win,” Paul said.
Many rebel fighters are openly members of terrorist organizations, including al-Qaida.
Immediately following the Benghazi attacks, President Obama and other White House officials notoriously blamed supposed anti-American sentiment leading to the violent events on an obscure anti-Muhammad video on YouTube they claimed was responsible for supposedly popular civilian protests that they said took place outside the U.S. mission – protests, they claimed, that devolved into a jihadist onslaught.
However, vivid accounts provided by the State Department and intelligence officials later made clear no such popular demonstration took place. Instead, video footage from Benghazi reportedly shows an organized group of armed men attacking the compound, officials said.
WND has filed numerous reports quoting Middle East security officials describing the mission in Benghazi as serving as a meeting place to coordinate aid for the rebel-led insurgencies in the Middle East.
Among the tasks performed inside the building was collaborating with Arab countries on the recruitment of fighters – including jihadists – to target Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, the officials said.
Audio of the interview with Paul can be heard below:
According to the 39-page report released last month by independent investigators probing the attacks at the diplomatic facility, the U.S. mission in Benghazi was set up without the knowledge of the new Libyan government, as WND reported.
“Another key driver behind the weak security platform in Benghazi was the decision to treat Benghazi as a temporary, residential facility, not officially notified to the host government, even though it was also a full-time office facility,” the report states. “This resulted in the Special Mission compound being excepted from office facility standards and accountability under the Secure Embassy Construction and Counterterrorism Act of 1999 (SECCA) and the Overseas Security Policy Board (OSPB).”
The report, based on a probe led by former U.S. diplomat Thomas Pickering, calls the facility a “Special U.S. Mission.”
During the Libyan revolution against Moammar Gadhafi’s regime, the U.S. admitted to directly arming the rebel groups.
At the time, rebel leader Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi admitted in an interview that a significant number of the Libyan rebels were al-Qaida fighters, many of whom had fought U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He insisted his fighters “are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists,” but he added that the “members of al-Qaida are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader.”
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01-21-2013, 01:20 PM #3
Algeria hostage crisis: Most weapons used in attack came from Libya
Most of the weapons used by al Qaeda-linked militants to storm a gas facility in southeastern Algeria came from Libya, the Daily Telegraph has learned.
Weapons seized by the Algerian authorities following the hostage taking Photo: EPA
By Mélanie Matarese, Algiers
8:50PM GMT 20 Jan 2013
Many of the Islamist terrorists shot their way into the In Amenas compound on Thursday using the AK104 model of Kalashnikov, which was typically used by Libyan rebels in the war against Muammar Gaddafi.
They brought F5 rockets that also surfaced in the Libyan war, said the security source.
The Islamists wore the same type of outfits that Qatar provided to Libyan National Transitional Council rebels by Qatar – yellow flak jackets with brown patches, known as "chocolate chip" camouflage. The garments are copies of ones worn by Americans in the Gulf war.
The terrorists also employed 60mm gun-mortars used by France and Libyan rebels.
Other non-Libyan arms used in the Algerian terror attack included German and Chinese-made Kalashnikovs, classic rocket-propelled grenades and Russian offensive and defensive grenades.
The Algerian army had two missile-carrying Mi24 Super-Hind helicopters, armoured cars, and Russian-made T90 tanks.
For the assault on the gas facility itself, special forces used incapacitating gas, infrared cameras, heat-seeking cameras and "optical devices to be able to see under doors and through walls
01-21-2013, 01:35 PM #4
Who was the white jihadi? Algerian forces find 'two Canadians and at least one Frenchman' among bodies of gas plant gunmen
By PETER ALLEN and NABILA RAMDANI
PUBLISHED: 14:35 EST, 20 January 2013 | UPDATED: 11:23 EST, 21 January 2013
Westerners including two Canadians and possibly a Frenchman were among the Al Qaeda terrorists responsible for the bloody Algerian hostage crisis, it was claimed today.
Algerian special forces discovered the bodies at the In Amenas facility, where the hostage death toll was thought to have risen to at least 57 today, including up to six Britons.
At least 35 heavily armed Al Qaeda operatives were killed, while five were today being interrogated by officials in the North African country.
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One-eyed fugitive: Mokhtar Belmokhtar, an Algerian who fought against Soviet forces in Afghanistan in the 1980s, has reportedly claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of up to 41 foreigners at an Algerian gas field
Armed to the teeth: The terrorists' weapons, recovered by Algerian special forces, included six machine guns, 21 rifles, two mortars with shells, two rocket-propelled grenade launchers and ten explosive belts
Two of the dead Islamists from Canada were found in the smouldering remains of a compound at the BP gas plant.
One security source today confirmed that the Canadians are suspected of having traveled to Libya, where they joined extremists waging Jihad against the west.
The men's badly charred corpses were found close to their victims, many of whom had been forced to wear Semtex explosive belts before being killed.
The source said Canadian passports were found on the terrorists at the In Amanas facility, in the deep Sahara some 1,000 miles from Algiers, the capital of Algeria.
Citing Algerian judicial sources, French newspaper Le Parisien also reported that there was 'at least one Frenchman' among the terrorists.
The man's name has now been passed on to France's DCRI domestic security agency.
It adds further credence to a report in Norway's Aftenposten that one of the attackers was tall and white with blue or green eyes, spoke English and read the Koran.
Witnesses have also described one of the terrorists speaking with a ‘perfect English accent’ and appeared to have a good knowledge of the compounds around the gas field, suggesting he was already employed there.
Terrifying: This image shows the moment that workers were first taken captive by Al Qaeda terrorists at the remote plant in Algeria
Destroyed: Men look at the wreckage of a vehicle near In Amenas.
Algerian bomb squads scouring the gas plant found numerous new bodies as they searched for explosive traps left behind
An official Algerian source said previously that the group behind the attack had comprised Arabs, Africans and also people from outside the African continent.
Much remains unclear about events after the jihadists staged the attack last Wednesday in revenge for French assaults on al-Qaeda rebels in neighbouring Mali.
However, an Algerian newspaper said they had arrived in cars painted in the colours of state energy company Sonatrach, but registered in neighbouring Libya, a country awash with arms since Muammar Gaddafi's fall in 2011.
Three Britons who died were yesterday identified as former Foreign Legion soldier Paul Morgan, 46, project services manager Kenneth Whiteside, 59, and father-of-two Garry Barlow, 49.
Updating MPs in the House of Commons this afternoon, David Cameron said the process of bringing home the bodies of the victims was Britain's top priority, but might take some time.
David Cameron, pictured outside Downing Street today, was due to update MPs on the situation in Algeria this afternoon
The Prime Minister confirmed to MPs that three British nationals were known to have been killed in the attack on the In Amenas gas field and a further three were believed to be dead, along with a Colombian who lived in the UK.
Mr Cameron said his deepest condolences were with the families of the victims and told the Commons work to clear the site of potential traps was continuing.
He said: 'Now our most vital work is bringing home those who died. An international team of British, American and Norwegian experts is in close co-operation with the Algerian ministry of justice undertaking the task of formally identifying their bodies.
'We want this process to happen as swiftly as possible but it will involve some intensive forensic and policing work and so may take some time.'
He said 800 employees were working at plant at the time of the attack, 135 of whom were foreign nationals.
More than 40 of those were taken hostage and at least 12 were killed, with at least a further 20 unaccounted for and feared dead, he said.
The number of terrorists was over 30, most of whom were killed during the incident, while 'a small number' had been taken into Algerian custody.
He said evolving nature of the global terrorist threat demanded a 'tough, intelligent, patient' response based on strong international partnerships.
Earlier, the PM's official spokesman stressed that the Government's position that UK troops will not take on a combat role in Mali remained unchanged.
The spokesman told a regular Westminster media briefing: 'Clearly in Mali at the moment there is a military response in terms of French forces supporting the Malian government.
'We very much support the French in that but our position about troops not being in a combat role is completely unchanged with regard to Mali.
'More widely, as the Foreign Secretary was saying in the context of Somalia, when it comes to military roles our view is very much that they should be regionally-led.'
VIDEO at link British gas worker Tony Grisedale hid in the dark for two days
Asked whether Mr Cameron was content with Algiers' response to the siege, the spokesman said: 'We were always very clear that there there were difficult decisions that faced the Algerian authorities. It was a fluid, fast-moving event. We were not going to rush into making judgments.'
He added: 'The Prime Minister said yesterday that we should be very clear that the responsibility for the loss of life lies with the terrorists.
'We recognise what the Algerians have done to co-ordinate with us. He thanked them for that and he also noted the Algerian loss of life and the fact that this was an attack against an Algerian site.'
The spokesman said Britain would 'work with our international partners' to bring those responsible for the killings to justice.
Asked about claims made during the siege by the hostage-takers' leader, Abdul Rahman al-Nigeri, that he had been in contact with British officials, Mr Cameron's spokesman said: 'We don't negotiate with terrorists.
Remembered: Paul Thomas Morgan, 46, the first of the British victims of the hostage crisis in Algeria identified
Killed: Garry Barlow (left) and Kenneth Whiteside (right) also died at the oil plant
'That has always been and remains our policy. I have seen these reports but I am not going to go into details.'
Meanwhile, the number of hostages thought to have been killed rose from 23 to 57 today after 25 bodies found yesterday were reportedly identified as captives.
Up thirty-two militants have been found dead, while six have reportedly been captured and troops were still searching for others.
Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said a total of 37 foreigners of eight different nationalities had been killed, with seven still missing.
But amid conflicting reports, he said 29 militants had been killed and three captured alive.
Japan's prime minister says seven Japanese citizens have been confirmed dead, the biggest loss of life of all the nationalities caught up in the siege.
Shinzo Abe said three other Japanese nationals remain missing and unaccounted for.
Details of the dead militants emerged after it was claimed some of the terrorists involved in the siege in which three Britons have died had been working at the BP plant where the atrocity took place.
On the road: Algerian army trucks are seen near In Amenas, the gas plant where the hostage taking happened
Response: A soldier and rescue vehicles are seen near In Amenas, the gas plant where the hostage taking occurred
They had been given short-term contracts by the oil and gas giant, allowing them to plan their attack with lethal precision.
Six of the Al Qaeda operatives were ‘taken alive’ by the Algerian army today, while some 32 were killed during four days of fierce fighting with special forces.
Now there are claims that some of the Islamist radicals had been hired over the past year at the vast facility in the Sahara desert, close to the town of In Amenas.
This raises the possibility that the 23 gas workers who died, as well as those who were wounded and escaped, might have known their attackers.
DETAILS OF THE DEAD AND MISSING
Figures for those killed and unaccounted for in the gas plant siege remained confusing today, but here are some of the latest details:
32 Islamist militants
57 hostages, including three from Britain, seven from Japan, six from the Philippines, one each from the US, Romania and France
NORWAY: Five Norwegian employees of Statoil are still missing, the energy company said.
BRITAIN: Three other Britons still missing and feared dead, the UK government said.
UNITED STATES: One Texan and two other more Americans dead. Seven escape.
The militants at first said they had seven American hostages, then later offered to trade two of them for two terrorists behind bars in the US, an offer rejected by Washington.
MALAYSIA: Two Malaysians are missing, the government says.
PHILIPPINES: Four Filipinos are missing.
An Algerian security source said: ‘The suspicion is that some of the militants were placed inside the plant as drivers, cooks and even guards.
‘This gave them detailed knowledge of the facility, and indeed its top level security measures.
‘There were many hundreds of workers of all nationalities at the site, and applications for work would have been made to BP. There would have been some kind of background checks, of course.’
BP would not comment on the claims, which have begun to appear in the Algerian media.
But the security source said that Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the Algerian terrorist said to have masterminded the operation, is thought to have coordinated the placing of his men inside the plant.
His Mulathameen Brigade today threatened to carry out more attacks unless Western powers ended what it called an assault on Muslims in neighbouring Mali, according to the SITE monitoring service.
In a statement on Monday, the al Qaeda linked group also said the hostage-takers had offered negotiations on freeing the captives seized at a gas plant deep in the Sahara but the Algerian authorities used military force, SITE reported.
The statement was published by the Mauritania-based Nouakchott News Agency, according to SITE, which tracks statements by militants.
His gang, the Signed in Blood Brigade, is a ruthless Islamist group which has been behind numerous crimes around Africa, including bomb attacks and kidnappings.
As with so many Al Qaeda operatives, many of its recruits would have considerable experience of infiltrating western targets.
At least 25 burned bodies were found yesterday in the Algerian gas plant, meaning that the death toll is likely to rise well above the 23 currently said to have lost their lives.
Mohammed Said, Algeria’s communications minister, confirmed that that the charred corpses were found lying inside a heavily fortified compound, adding that ‘the number feared dead will unfortunately be revised upwards.
Recollections: Iain Strachan (left) and Darren Matthews (right) talked about their ordeal on Algerian state TV
He said that the terrorists had strapped Semtex explosives around the torsos of many of their captives, threatening to blow them up at a moment’s notice.
Other Algerian officials insisted that the army launched its assault after the Islamist militants began killing foreign hostages they described as ‘Christians and infidels’.
Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed that three Britons are confirmed dead, while three more are feared killed.
Mr Cameron said that a captive who was resident in the UK resident had also lost his life in the four day stand-off in the Sahara which which came to a dramatic end on Saturday.
‘I know the whole country will want to join with me in sending our sympathy and our condolences to the families who have undergone an absolutely dreadful ordeal,’ Mr Cameron said at Chequers.
Despite the already high death toll , the Prime Minister refused to criticise the uncompromising tactics used by the Algerian government.
The British survivors had flown back home on government and BP chartered flights overnight.
The crisis began on Wednesday when militants attacked two buses carrying foreign workers to the remote site in south-eastern Algeria.
Terrorists then took Algerians and foreign workers hostage at the complex, which was soon surrounded by the army, who attacked on Thursday using helicopter gunships.
The army later recovered a terrorist arsenal of six machine guns, 21 rifles, two shotguns, two 60mm mortars with shells, six 60mm missiles with launchers, two rocket-propelled grenades with eight rockets and 10 grenades in explosive belts.
A statement from the kidnappers said the assault on the gas plant was launched in retaliation for French intervention against Islamist groups in neighbouring Mali.
TERROR CHIEF HIRED 3FT 6IN EXECUTIONER 'TO BEHEAD WOMEN AND CHILDREN'
Ruthless al-Qaeda kingpin behind the Algerian hostage crisis, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, once employed a 3ft 6ins-tall killer named 'Mohamed the Dwarf' during a terror campaign in the 1990s.
One-eyed fanatic Belmokhtar, 40, who has a son named after Osama bin Laden, used the axe-wielding dwarf named Mohamed to slit the throats of 31 victims and behead them in public in less than half an hour in the 1990s.
At the time he was a commander in the Armed Islamic Group of Algeria, known as the GIA, and used the dwarf as part of his failed campaign to impose a strict Islamic government in Algeria.
Hundreds of executions were carried out by the axe-wielding dwarf who murdered men, women and children who had been dragged from their beds.
The dwarf and 50 heavily-armed extremists once dragged entire families into the street and forced them to line up for execution by the mini-killer.
In another massacre, the dwarf is said to have hacked the heads of 86 people in a single night.
There are no reports of the tiny butcher ever having been caught.
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