September 26th, 2012
08:46 PM ET

Report: U.S. knew of al Qaeda link to Libyan consulate attack within 24 hours

The Daily Beast reported Wednesday that the Obama administration knew that al Qaeda linked operatives were behind the attack in Libya. The report continued to say the administration had the information within 24 hours of the brutal attack in which 4 Americans were killed, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

If the U.S. knew within 24 hours that al Qaeda affiliates were to blame, then why are we just hearing about it, two weeks after the attacks? It has been 15 days since the Libyan consulate attack and all we have are conflicting reports.

The president of Libya, Mohammed Magaried has come out and blamed al Qaeda, while President Obama has been reluctant to call the attack a "terrorist attack."

The question that remains is should the U.S. have known the attack against the Libya consulate was coming?

Cracks in White House story in Libya

OutFront tonight: Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and member of the House Armed Services and Intelligence Committee.

Filed under: al Qaeda • International • Libya
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Peter M

    The administration needed a week to come up with a reason to blame George Bush.

    October 1, 2012 at 7:24 am | Reply
  2. Don Gavins

    President Obama admits to being especially knowledgable on Islam & frowns on criticism of it. Hence any terrorist act now needs vetting to cleanse out Islamic extremist or terrorist content that may be thought damaging to the Islamic World. The White House & [a reluctant] US military also comply with the Presidents objective that a acquiescing America is preferable to one with capable force. These policies incur confusion, anger in Israel & risk increased intimidation from Iran & others.
    All of this is not secret.

    September 30, 2012 at 11:01 am | Reply
  3. chris hogan

    Oh, another desperate attempt for Mitt Romney and the republicans to smear Obama. What will they think of next?

    September 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  4. John Q.

    Gee I don't know, why would we tip off al qaeda that we're on to them? They do not owe us an explanation of when they knew who was behind it, the only explanation needed is if there was information that could have prevented it.

    September 28, 2012 at 10:52 am | Reply
  5. Steve Arnett

    And we're surprised because? Worst. President. Ever. Arab Spring leads to America's Winter.

    September 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Reply

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