While there are still plans in Washington for a military attack on Syria, which would help Al Qaeda-ish groups, these plans hinder the arrest of the suspects of the murder of the United States ambassador to Libya which belong to sister organisations of these fanatical groups fighting in Syria. Arresting these suspects might undermine Washington’s Syrian war alliance, one might conclude from this article in the New York Times in the USA:
By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and ERIC SCHMITT
Published: September 9, 2013
WASHINGTON — A year after the attacks in Benghazi that killed the United States ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, the Justice Department has indicted suspects. Intelligence officials have a general idea of where they are hiding. And the military has a contingency plan to snatch them if that becomes necessary.
But the fledgling Libyan government, which has little to no control over significant parts of the country, like Benghazi and eastern Libya, has rebuffed the Obama administration’s efforts to arrest the suspects. …
The White House chief of staff, Denis R. McDonough, was asked on “Fox News Sunday” why one of the suspects, Ahmed Khattala, has been interviewed by several American news media outlets but has remained free. …
Federal law enforcement authorities have filed murder charges against Mr. Khattala, a militia leader in Benghazi, in connection with the attacks. …
Among the obstacles the F.B.I. has encountered in Libya has been a reluctance by some police and government officials there to target members of Ansar al-Shariah, a local Islamist group whose fighters joined the attack, according to witnesses. Government officials in Benghazi have said it would be impossible for lightly armed Libyan forces to arrest militia members. Leaders of Benghazi’s most powerful militias, some of whom fought with Ansar al-Shariah members during the uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, say they would be hesitant to act against suspects unless they were shown conclusive proof of their involvement. …
Meanwhile, the Pentagon has been preparing contingency plans should Mr. Obama order a military operation against the suspects. …
But a number of Libyan political figures have expressed wariness that any unilateral military action by the United States, like a drone strike, would fuel popular anger and add a destructive new element to the uncertain security situation in Benghazi, especially with the Obama administration considering military strikes against Syria.
United Nations investigators say torture is widespread in Libyan jails controlled by militias that joined forces two years ago to overthrow leader Moammar Gadhafi: here.
- US consulate attack in Benghazi: a challenge to official version of events (theguardian.com)
- Feckless in Libya (blogs.the-american-interest.com)
- U.S.: Al Qaeda-linked Group Behind Benghazi Attack Trains Jihadists for Syrian Rebel Groups (freebeacon.com)
- Syria – Benghazi Connection (armstrongeconomics.com)
- Frank Wolf Asks if Benghazi Site Was Stockpiling Syrian Weapons (freebeacon.com)
- Special report: We all thought Libya had moved on – it has, but into lawlessness and ruin (fromthetrenchesworldreport.com)
- Lawlessness and Ruin in Libya (counterpunch.org)