Former Guantanamo Detainee Sufian bin Qumu Was on Ground in Benghazi during Attack
According to a security source in Libya, former Guantanamo Bay detainee Sufian bin Qumu, who is suspected of running camps in eastern Libya where some of the jihadists who attacked the diplomatic mission in Benghazi trained, was in Benghazi on the night of September 11, 2012. The State Department confirmed that Ansar al-Sharia was one of the Islamic groups that were identified in the attack, and Qumu is a “respected member” of the jihadist group.
Fox News reports:
Two sources familiar with the investigation, when asked about bin Qumu’s whereabouts the night of the attack, did not dispute the claim he was in Benghazi.
While it is not clear whether bin Qumu was directing the assault, his security file from Guantanamo may be revealing. Having already trained in Usama bin Laden’s camps, in 1998 bin Qumu joined the Taliban in Pakistan and “communicated with likely extremist elements via radio during this period indicating a position of leadership,” the file shows.
Fox News’ ongoing reporting on the attack has shown that at least four key Benghazi suspects have ties to the Al Qaeda senior leadership in Pakistan. They include bin Qumu and Muhammad Jamal, whose network is also suspected of training jihadists for the attack. Jamal was held, and later released by, Egyptian authorities. Earlier this month, the State Department’s terrorist designation for Jamal and his network cites letters he exchanged with Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, where Jamal asked for money and explained the scope of his training camps, which included Libya and the Sinai.
Fox News was first to report that two other suspects have ties to the Al Qaeda senior leadership — one believed to be a former courier and the other, a bodyguard for the network. Faraj al Chalabi, identified to Fox News as the bodyguard, was also in Afghanistan with bin Laden until the U.S. invasion in October 2001.
Qumu was transferred to Guantanamo on May 5, 2002 and release to Libya on September 28, 2007, where he was initially held and then released. According to his Guantanamo review file, made public by WikiLeaks Sufian bin Qumu is a
“former member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), a probable member of al-Qaeda and a member of the North African Extremist Network. Detainee is a medium to high risk and he is likely to pose a threat to the US and its interests and allies.”
Well isn’t that special? Again, not one person has been held accountable for what took place in Benghazi. No one in the federal government and not one person among the men who attacked the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya more than a year ago.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI), who would not comment on specific suspects or their backgrounds, said “This was an al-Qaeda affiliate, an extremist element, operating, hoping to……attack the embassy. They were hoping to kill the ambassador, but it exceeded beyond what they thought was possible.”
Back at the first of August, we reported that Ahmed Abu Khattala, a Libyan militia leader, had the first charges filed against him by prosecutors in the September 11, 2012 attack. Since that time, he has not been captured or extradited, and as such, has not been held accountable.