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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 08:38 PM

Why Did Al-Qaeda Target Ambassador Stevens?


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Emerging from the chaos is a dim understanding that the U.S. was operating a clandestine arms operation from the CIA post that was loosely — and incorrectly — described as a “consulate.” Before and during the revolution, Ambassador Stevens had helped arm the anti-Gaddafi militias, including the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIF), whose leader Abdulhakim Belhadj later became the head of the Tripoli Military Council.

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Whether Russian or American, the introduction of MANPADS into the region would be cause for alarm. The Levant is not isolated to Afghanistan, and the multinational nature of the Syrian rebels puts a number of countries and their interests in harm’s way. A stray shot — or a deliberate diversion — could be used against Israeli commercial or military aviation. Or American aviation. Turkey would have to worry that the Kurdish part of the anti-Assad revolution might divert its energies to assist in the Kurdish guerrilla movement against Turkey; Turkey’s war against the PKK is largely conducted with helicopters. Jordan would have to worry that the Muslim Brotherhood part of the Syrian rebellion could divert its energies to assist the MB in Jordan against U.S. ally King Abdullah II. Russia would worry that missiles could be diverted to the anti-Russian Sunni jihadists of the Caucasus or Central Asia.

In October, the IDF confirmed that a surface-to-air missile, said to be an SA-7, was fired at a helicopter from Gaza. Iran had not provided such weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon, perhaps understanding that such an escalation would produce Israeli retaliation. The fact that Israel struck the Sudanese Yarmouk rocket/missile factory at the end of October may have been a reminder of the consequences of escalation.

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But what if Turkish, Jordanian, Russian, or Israeli concerns about the appearance of MANPADS close to their borders made the administration decide that it had to exercise more control over weapons shipments to the Syrian rebels? What if the State Department told Ambassador Stevens to clamp down on the shipments or to stop them all together? If Stevens had told his militia allies that he was cutting back or cutting off the CIA-organized shipments to Syria, could they have been angry enough to kill him?


http://pjmedia.com/blog/why-did-al-qaeda-target-ambassador-stevens/?singlepage=true

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Response to AntiFascist (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 08:51 PM

1. I read before that it was a coincidence that he was there.

 

And that he wasn't specifically targeted. I'll see if I can find it.

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Response to MrSlayer (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 08:55 PM

2. Has anyone pointed out that...

Stevens was the "go to man" for knowledge of Libyan involvement in Syria?

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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 02:17 AM

3. Former CIA operative Michael Davidson...


provides similar information gathered via his 'back channels':

http://beforeitsnews.com/global-unrest/2012/11/cia-operative-exposes-white-house-2447894.html

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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 02:44 AM

4. According to journalist Michael Kelley...



If President Obama's position is to refrain from arming rebels with heavy weapons, but regime change in Syria is advantageous, then a covert CIA operation with plausible deniability seems to be the only answer. It's a dicey dance, especially if it's exposed.

In an article titled "Petraeus’s Quieter Style at C.I.A. Leaves Void on Libya Furor," Scott Shane of the The New York Times notes that CIA Director David Petraeus has "managed the delicate task of supporting rebels in Syria’s civil war while trying to prevent the arming of anti-American extremists."

In regards to Benghazi, Petraeus has "stayed away in an effort to conceal the agency's role in collecting intelligence and providing security," the WSJ reported, noting that during the attack "some officials at State and the Pentagon were largely in the dark about the CIA's role."


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/benghazi-stevens-cia-attack-libya-2012-11#ixzz2CMxnRQvE

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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 04:13 AM

5. Unsubstantiated Guess

 

This was an action targeted at whomever happened to be at the embassy- in this case, it was Stevens.

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