As the story behind and before the events of September 11, 2012 unfold, we are able to offer more clarity into a confusing and uncontrolled situation on the ground in Benghazi. As events unfolded in the Middle East in 2011, it became clear to the world that a unique opportunity presented itself to unseat a brutal dictator, who was actively supporting world terror.
Even as NATO was actively assisting rebels in Libya, bent on overthrowing then dictator Moammar Qadaffi, Barack Obama's administration was attempting to play a limited, back seat role, presumably shying away from an entanglement similar to either Iraq or Afghanistan.
Previous to, and spanning a time that ran concurrent with, the NATO involvement with Libyan rebel groups that had coalesced under provisional control of Prime Minister Mahmoud Jabril, of the Libyan transitional government, the United States was partnering with Qatar, who was actively arming rebel groups, as they had in the past, and the United Arab Emirates had joined in at a later date.
Arms were flowing into Libya.
Again, simultaneous to this, international arms dealers were licking their chops at the profits to be reaped from an unstable Middle East and a civil war being waged in Libya in particular.
Specifically, Marc Turi, an infamous American arms trader who maintained residence in both Arizona and Abu Dhabi, was supplying arms to Qatar that were presumably being shipped to Libya.
Initially, these arms were both French and Russian, because Turi’s initial application for permission to ship US made arms had been denied by American officials.
It is of interest that, prior to this application, Mr. Turi was in email communication with special envoy to the Libyan rebel alliance, J. Christopher Stevens, who agreed to speak to his superiors about Turi’s plan to arm the rebels. This is none other than the Chris Stevens who later became the Libyan ambassador and was killed in the raid on the CIA facility in Benghazi.
The Obama administration was being contacted by the Qataris to assist in the arming of Libyan rebels. And this presented two disparate problems for the President.
One the one hand, he was deeply worried about the political ramifications of another military entanglement (with the potential of loss and loss of life) in the upcoming election year. He was worried that failure to assume any role in this would weaken him in the part of the world where he saw a future as world leader. Secondly, Qatar was a long time ally of the United States, a wealthy and moderate Muslim nation, and a major supplier of natural gas worldwide.
Not only that but possibly most significantly, Qatar fell on the right side of the internecine battle for natural gas that involved Turkey, whose Prime Minister is, arguably, Barack Obama’s closest, and possibly only international friend (see previous Conservative Report Online article, “EXCLUSIVE! Benghazi GUN-RUNNING & The Russia, China, Iran, Syria PIPELINE”).
The solution for this, in the mind of the Obama Administration, was to arm Syrian rebels through our allies Qatar and the UAE, yet to assure that no US fingerprints were “left on the murder weapon”, so to speak. An agreement was forged where US money would be used to purchase foreign manufactured arms and ship them to Libya.
Two flies landed in the US ointment.
First, like any operation where a sovereign foreign entity is in charge, you lose control of the operation. At the time this was going on, we had a limited number of CIA posted special forces on the ground in Libya. Their main task was to organize and assist the Libyan rebels. It became clear to them that the arms being shipped for the US by the Qataris were being delivered into the hands of antidemocratic radical Islamist groups with strong ties to Al Qaeda.
Reports were flying back to DC, apparently only to fall on deaf ears in the administration and presumably by the President.
The second fly was larger. After being refused his initial request for permission in March of 2011 to send US arms to the Libyan rebels, Marc Turi reapplied in May of 2012 and requested permission to sell US arms to Qatar. This request was approved.
Now, either knowingly or unknowingly, US arms were flowing through Qatar and into Libya and presumably into the hands of Al Qaeda aligned rebel groups.
It is of no little interest that a scant two months later, Marc Turi’s home in Arizona was raided by agents of the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Turi stated that he believed that this raid, and the ongoing investigation into his arms dealing, is in direct response to his legal supply of US weapons to Qatar, and the fact that the Qataris “handed them out like candy”, with little concern about what factions received them.
Now let’s circle back to the Benghazi CIA facility that was attacked.
We have previously reported that this CIA mission was tasked with collecting arms from forces sympathetic to the Qaddafi regime, and destroying them. We have also reported that, in fact, those weapons were seized, that videos were made to prove to NATO we had destroyed them, yet we only destroyed non-functional arms or those rendered inoperable, and, instead, shipped the operable ones through Turkey to arm Syrian rebels, many of whom are reported to be at least sympathetic to Al Qaeda.
What is important to note here is that we were also disarming the very Al Qaeda rebels we armed through Qatar.
This action is what angered Al Qaeda rebel group Ansar al-Shariah that ultimately attacked the Benghazi facility. Informed sources are telling Conservative Report Online that a significant part of the 2012 Benghazi mission was to seize US manufactured weapons from Al Qaeda rebels to cover up the fact that they had been shipped.