• New report suggests Al Qaeda not involved in Benghazi


    BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com/) -- A new report, published Saturday in The New York Times, found no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had a role in the fatal 2012 assault that killed four Americans on Sept. 11, 2012, in the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

    Those killed included U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and Winchester native Glen Doherty. It directly contradicts some lawmakers who say Al Qaeda was responsible.

    The report also found that it appeared that the attack was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made anti-Islamic video, as the Obama administration first claimed.

    The report claims that armed militants are responsible for the attacks, most likely fueled in large part by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam.

    Congressman Stephen Lynch is a member of the House oversight and government reform committee that held the hearings on the Benghazi attack. He said he's seen surveillance tapes from the attacks and other intelligence...And says the New York Times got it right.

    ""I think it's probably true that from the New York Times report that Al Qaeda was not an active part of these attacks. It was really some militias," Lynch said. "The militias still have control on the ground there. So I think it all leads to the fact that we need to have further investigation. I think there are questions we owe to the families who lost loved ones there.""

    Glen Doherty's mother, Barbara Doherty, told Fox 25 that it doesn't matter who is gets the credit for the attacks.

    "Name of the terrorists who did it, whether it was Al Qaeda or another group, doesn't make any difference," she said. "There are so many terrorist groups out there and we just hope that they find out who killed those 4 wonderful people and wounded so many. It will bring a little peace, but it won't bring back the ones we love."

    Congressmen Lynch agreed, and said he was glad the Times report put some focus on specific militia members, many of whom were reportedly somewhat friendly toward U.S. interests.
    Lynch says Ambassador Stevens put too much faith in them.

    "He was calling the shots and he had a great level of confidence. He was probably overly confident in the security that was being provided by these militias and as the New York Times article described, a lot of those people went missing during the time of the attack," Lynch said. "They were there on duty and all of a sudden they were gone when the attacks occurred and that's something we have to look very closely at."

    Some House leaders are calling the new York times report misleading and the head of House intelligence committee told FOX News that the Benghazi incident is a premeditated terror attack with Al Qaeda ties.

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