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A Major Benghazi Terror Bust Directly Tied To Al Qaeda.
2012-12-09
The Egyptian government has nabbed a major terrorist tied to the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, according to the Wall Street Journal. And that terrorist has direct, longstanding ties to al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri

The captured terrorist is Muhammad Jamal al Kashef (a.k.a. Abu Ahmed), who served as a senior Egyptian Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Mohammedan Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the liquidation of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
(EIJ) terrorist in the 1990s and was imprisoned for years. The EIJ was headed by Ayman al Zawahiri, who merged the group with the late Osama bin Laden
... who has left the building...
's operation.

After his release from prison in 2011, Kashef established training camps in Egypt and Libya. Some of Kashef's trainees took part in the Benghazi attack, according to multiple reports.

Kashef is the most senior terrorist cooled for a few years
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in connection with the Benghazi attack to date. Importantly, the publicly-available details of his biography show that he has numerous al Qaeda connections.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Kashef "petitioned al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri
... Formerly second in command of al-Qaeda, now the head cheese, occasionally described as the real brains of the outfit. Formerly the Mister Big of Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Bumped off Abdullah Azzam with a car boom in the course of one of their little disputes. Is thought to have composed bin Laden's fatwa entitled World Islamic Front Against Jews and Crusaders. Currently residing in the North Wazoo area. That is not a horn growing from the middle of his forehead, but a prayer bump, attesting to how devout he is...
to establish a new Qaeda affiliate he called al Qaeda in Egypt" and also received financing from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Al Hayat, a London-based Arabic newspaper, previously reported that Zawahiri gave Jamal the go-ahead to launch terrorist attacks in Egypt, Libya, and elsewhere.

On October 24, Egyptian authorities raided an apartment in Nasr City, Cairo, arresting several bully boyz in the process. One suspected terrorist was killed during the confrontation when one of his bombs detonated, setting the apartment building on fire.

The Nasr City terrorist cell has ties to Kashef, the attack in Benghazi, as well as al Qaeda's operations inside Libya, the Egyptians say.

Days after the Nasr City raid, the Egyptians cooled for a few years
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
Sheikh Adel Shehato, an EIJ official who openly declares his adherence to al Qaeda's ideology. Shehato is accused of founding and financing the Nasr City cell. Shehato was reportedly locked away
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
en route to Libya with a large sum of cash.

THE WEEKLY STANDARD previously reported on Kashef and Shehato. It was the Egyptians' investigation of the Nasr City cell with help from American intelligence officials that led to Kashef's arrest.

Shehato was one of several al Qaeda-linked jihadists who helped instigate the Sept. 11 protest in Cairo. The other jihadists who incited protesters in Cairo are part of Kashef's circle, too. Later that same day, snuffies attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, killing four Americans.
Posted by:trailing wife

#4  JohnQC,

As we obviously did in Afghanistan in the 90s
Posted by: Bill Clinton   2012-12-09 17:52  

#3  One problem in supporting rebels is that you are never quite sure what groups make up the rebels and to what extent they are dominant. Could end up arming your enemies.
Posted by: JohnQC   2012-12-09 11:29  

#2  After his release from prison in 2011, Kashef established training camps in Egypt and Libya. Some of Kashef's trainees took part in the Benghazi attack, according to multiple reports.

The Arab Spring, the downside.
Posted by: Besoeker   2012-12-09 03:27  

#1  Lets hope Ooman Rites gets on to his case so that he doesn't suffer the same fate as the last Benghazi terrorist captured by Egypt.
Posted by: tipper   2012-12-09 02:32  

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