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New Senate Report: Al Qaeda Network Attacked in Benghazi

12:38 PM, Jan 15, 2014 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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Here we should remember that the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, especially given the many “gaps” in the U.S. intelligence community’s knowledge of the attackers. Perhaps no such order was issued. But the U.S. intelligence community does not know one way or the other.

Those who have sought to disconnect the Benghazi attack from al Qaeda’s network are left to explain how individuals “affiliated” with AQIM, AQAP, Muhammad Jamal’s network, and Ansar al Sharia could have otherwise come together on the anniversary of al Qaeda’s greatest day of terror to kill four Americans.  

Whatever scenarios they may envision are certainly less likely than the simplistic explanation: the al Qaeda network overran the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.

Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. 

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