US blames Libya attack on Al Qaeda-linked forces it previously backed, By Alex LantierQuicklink submitted by Ethan Hollow Permalink
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|US officials investigating the September 11 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi now suspect it may have been carried out by Al Qaeda-linked forces that Washington backed during last year's NATO war to topple Libyan Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. They identified Abu Sufian Ibrahim Ahmed Hamouda bin Qumu as a potential figure behind the attack, which killed four Americans, including US Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens. Bin Qumu is a leading member of the Ansar al-Shariah brigade in Benghazi, which has been blamed for the attack. He also reportedly is a member of the Al Qaeda-linked Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) and leads the Darnah Brigade--an armed group in his home town of Darnah in northeastern Libya, which fought on the side of NATO in the war for regime change last year.|
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