Petraeus ‘Knew Almost Immediately’ Al Qaeda-Linked Group Responsible for Benghazi


By Daniel Halper, Weekly Standard

David Petraeus is going to tell members of Congress that he “knew almost immediately after the September 11th attack, that the group Ansar al Sharia, the al Qaeda sympathizing group in Libya was responsible for the attacks,” CNN reports.

In his closed door meeting on the Hill, “[Petraeus] will also say he had his own talking points separate from U.N. ambassador Susan Rice. [Hers] came from somewhere other in the administration than his direct talking points,” Barbara Starr of CNN reports, referencing a source close to Petraeus.

The former CIA director will move to further himself from comments that didn’t accurately characterize the terror attack that Rice made 5 days after on national television shows.

“When he looks at what Susan Rice said,” CNN reports, “here is what Petraeus’s take is, according to my source. Petraeus developed some talking points laying it all out. those talking points as always were approved by the intelligence community. But then he sees Susan Rice make her statements and he sees input from other areas of the administration. Petraeus — it is believed — will tell the committee he is not certain where Susan Rice got all of her information.”

[Editor’s Note: Guess from Whom Susan Rice got her info to describe the Attack on Benghazi as spontaneous riots due to the Anti-Muslims Film ? It could have only come from Obama as He did say the same on his press conference after the attack but also in his interview to 60 minutes.]

Blast in Syrian national TV building injures several

Syrian troops walk in a neighborhood of Damascus. (File photo)

Several people have been injured in an explosion at the headquarters of the Syrian national television in the capital, Damascus.

The Syrian media said that an explosion rocked the third floor of the Syrian television headquarters on Monday.

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoabi said the blast was caused by an explosive device, adding, “Several of our colleagues were injured, but there were no serious injuries, and no dead.”

The development comes as fighting continues between Syrian security forces and foreign-sponsored insurgents in the northwestern city of Aleppo.

Meanwhile, the Syrian state TV said the army has arrested a group of Turkish and Saudi officers in Aleppo.

On Sunday, the Syrian army began a major operation to clear the southwestern neighborhood of Salahuddin in Aleppo of the insurgents.  Continue reading

More than 30 Killed in Damascus Suicide Bombings

More than 30 were killed on Friday as suicide bombers hit two security service bases in Damascus.

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Meqdad visited one of the bomb sites.

“More than 30 dead and more than 100 wounded in today’s two attacks,” he told reporters.

“On the first day after the arrival of the Arab observers, this is the gift we get from the terrorists and Al-Qaeda,” he added, referring to an Arab League mission intended to oversee a plan to end nine months of unrest in the country.

The explosions also caused heavy damages in the area.

Earlier, the state TV said that”several soldiers and a large number of civilians were killed in the two attacks carried out by suicide bombers in vehicles packed with explosives against bases of State Security and another branch of the security services”.

“Initial inquiries hold Al-Qaeda responsibility,” the television added.

Witnesses said the bombers struck in the Kfar Suseh neighborhood of the city. A car tried to ram its way into a State Security compound, while another car exploded in front of a security service building in the same area.

The blasts came as an advance team was in Damascus to prepare the logistics for an Arab League observer mission to oversee a plan to end nine months of unrest in the country.

Source: Al Manar