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U.S. points to group led by Guantanamo detainee in Benghazi attack

By Elise Labott

The State Department will soon designate a militia led by a former Guantanamo Bay detainee as a terrorist group and connect it to the deadly 2012 Benghazi attack, U.S. officials familiar with the decision told CNN.

Officials said militants under the command Sufian bin Qumu took part in the armed assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Qumu is the leader of the group Ansar al-Sharia in the eastern Libyan city of Darnah, one of several militias believed to be responsible for the attack.

The group also has branches in Benghazi and Libya. Officials said the State Department is expected to designate all three branches as foreign terrorist organizations in coming days.Themove allows the United States to freeze assets, impose travel bans on their members and affiliates, and prohibit Americans from offering material support.
Qumu apparently has a long history with al Qaeda.

He was a central figure at an Osama bin Laden terror training camp in Afghanistan in the 1990s before moving to Sudan to work as a driver for one of bin Laden's companies.

He fought alongside the Taliban battling American forces after the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, before being picked up in Pakistan and sent to Guantanamo.

He was released to Libyan custody in 2007 and in 2008 was set free by Libyan authorities.

In an interview with a local media outlet in 2012, Qumu made clear that the time he spent in U.S. custody left him embittered toward the United States. But he denied he was a supporter of violence.

Libyan sources have told CNN in late 2012 that the investigation indicated the perpetrators of the attack came from beyond the Benghazi area, possibly Derna, and slipped away immediately after the assault.
American officials confirmed that witnesses place men under Qumu's command before the Benghazi attack, but it's unclear if they were part of a planned assault.

The Obama administration maintains that intelligence suggests the siege was an opportunistic attack that did not involve significant planning. Darnah is several hours drive from Benghazi.

The State Department also plans to identify Qumu and two militia leaders as "specially designated global terrorists," which offers the United States other tools to freeze their financial assets and bar American citizens and companies from doing business with them.

According to the officials, the two individuals are Ahmed Abu Khattala and Seif Allah bin Hassine. Kattala was one of several suspects named in an August federal criminal complaint in the attack.

Khattala, a prominent member of Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi , had openly operated in Benghazi for months, flaunting U.S. authorities who have been unable to investigate the attack or question any suspects because of the lawless security situation in Eastern Libya.

In October, U.S. officials scrapped a plan to capture Khattala in Benghazi for fear that such a move could trigger unrest and cause the collapse of the Libyan government.

In an interview last year with CNN's Arwa Damon, Kattalah acknowledged being at the U.S. compound in Benghazi during the attack, but denied being involved in the violence.

The United States has said Tunisia branch of Ansar al-Sharia was responsible for the Benghazi attack and another against an American school in Tunis. It also has been implicated in attacks against Tunisia security forces, assassinations of Tunisian political figures and attempted suicide bombings of tourist locations.

- CNN Terrorism Analyst Paul Cruickshank contributed to this story.

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PoliticsNation commented on Thursday, Jan 09, 2014 at 23:37 PM

I guess you never bothered to read and follow the story . Small detail- This guy was released in 2007,

quoting:He was released to Libyan custody in 2007 and in 2008 was set free by Libyan authorities.

Now ask yourself... who was president in 2007?

PoliticsNation commented on Thursday, Jan 09, 2014 at 23:47 PM

You want to talk about lies- Let's talk about the Bush/Cheney Lies... the lies that led us head on into the Iraq War..Where were the weapons of mass destruction? A war that was paid for on a credit card-A war that we are still paying for today..

What has been the cost of the Iraq War? In strictly American terms, 4,486 U.S. military personnel died there (plus another 318 from Coalition allies); the dollar tab for the war is reckoned in the trillions.

gacpl commented on Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 00:13 AM

and the lie of the year goes to.

PoliticsNation commented on Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 05:56 AM

Straight from the GOP play book...when the conversation over takes you PIVOT...good job gacpal. Oh, and Happy New Year!

timeontarget commented on Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 06:39 AM

I don't see a whole lot of difference between democratic liars and republican liars.

They both lie. A liar is a liar no matter how they are dressed.

We presently have a pack of liars running this country and we have a bunch of mercenaries doing their foul deeds to citizens of sovereign nations.

gacpl commented on Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 09:28 AM

you talk about the GOP play book, when all you can say is bush lied over and over when called out on your messiah's lies. i was on the ground in Iraq during desert storm. i seen fuel trucks shot that didn't explode, but had a lot of dead wild life around them, a sure show of nerve gas. M8 alarms were going off in many parts of the country. the weapons were found when they were used in Syria. the point of the story is not when he was released, but they knew it was not a demonstration gone wild. it's just another example of what they are trying to hide.

PoliticsNation commented on Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 09:47 AM

GACPL-thanks for your service to our country. However, you may want to share your story with others because it's documented in the books/history that no weapons of mass destruction were found. You may be the one to change history and wikipedi.

gacpl commented on Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 10:44 AM

read up on M8 alarms going off in Iraq during desert storm. you will find a lot of info and reports. the government doesn't want to admit it due to having to pay more claims for GWS.

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