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Remember when everyone was heralding the Arab Spring? It was supposed to render al-Qaeda and its affiliates obsolete because young Arabs learned a new way to address their grievances? That seems like a distant memory, what with the Muslim Brotherhood in control in Egypt and now this news. –AA
By Catherine Herridge
The list of suspects in the Libya terror attack now extends to a handful of suspected militants aligned with an Egyptian group known as the Jamal Network, Fox News has learned.
A U.S. official said the Jamal Network is committed to violence to attain its political ambitions, adding they are “hard-core, violent extremists in Egypt who are trying to develop a relationship with Al Qaeda.”
Fox News is told that there are between two- and three-dozen suspects actively being investigated at any one time in connection with the Benghazi attack. The suspect list is fluid, drawn from intelligence ranging from intercepts to witness accounts, with new names being added and dropped on a regular basis.
The majority of the suspects were described to Fox News as “locals” who come from Libya and are followers of the group Ansar al-Shariah, which wants to establish an Islamic state with adherence to strict Shariah law.
The additional suspects are being investigated after one Tunisian suspect, Ali Ani al-Harzi, was first arrested in Turkey — after being identified through telephone intercepts where he bragged to friends about his involvement — and transferred to Tunisian custody. There is also at least one suspect with ties to Al Qaeda in Iraq.
The radical ties of the suspects further raises questions about the degree of planning that may have been involved in an attack initially described as “spontaneous.”
The Jamal Network takes its name from Mohammed Jamal Abu Ahmed, who was released from an Egyptian jail during the Arab Spring and is now trying to establish himself as a leader in Jihadi circles. U.S. officials believe he established training camps in Libya, and it was in these camps that some of the fighters linked to the attack were trained.
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Wall Street Journal (05/03/11) James Hookway, Nicholas Bariyo, Alistair MacDonald
Governments across the globe are stepping up security measures as they brace for terrorist retaliation following the death of Osama bin Laden. Both Interpol and the U.S. State Department have issued warnings regarding a heightened risk of terror attacks. U.S. officials also report that embassies and other government facilities around the world will remain on a high alert that expires Aug. 1. U.S. embassies and consulates in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, and Islamabad, Pakistan will all be closed until further notice. Raphael Perl, head of the Action Against Terrorism Unit at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, said that bin Laden’s death puts enormous pressure on al-Qaida to prove it is still “a viable organization.” He added that the organization’s new leadership might launch either a large-scale attack or several smaller attacks to prove that point. Security experts also say that one of the most likely candidates to launch an attack remains Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). While a major retaliation against a Western target could take time, local attacks in Africa and Southeast Asia are more likely in the short run.
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The next Islamist militant terrorist to strike us may not fit the profile of a “usual suspect.” He may not be an Arab or part of a well-structured Islamist cell, but rather, a loner from a non-Arab country, perhaps a foreign-born, middle-class, seemingly well-integrated engineering graduate, or a business school student.
He might be as American as apple pie, or a convert to Islam, especially of Hispanic origin. He may rarely attend a mosque, but spend hours on the Internet. And he may turn out to be a she.
Several of the nation’s best counterterrorism experts say that based on the patterns of attacks in the past two years and the evolving nature of the militant Islamist threat, those seeking to prevent the next attack against Americans at home or abroad should expect the unexpected.
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