Shocking Detail Just Revealed About Libya Trip Hillary Took Less Than 1 Year Before Benghazi Attack

When then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a surprise trip to Libya in October 2011, the vetting for her security was such that a man who was known to be suspected of having links to Islamic terrorism was in charge of her security

What the Daily Mail called “a shocking security blunder” was first revealed in a new book, Jihadi John: The Making of a Terrorist, by Robert Verkaik.

During her Libyan visit, Verkaik writes, Clinton was in the company of a man once known as “Detainee M,” who was known to Britain as a member of the banned Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) and considered a threat to British and American national security.

“One terror suspect under a control order for many years, who is known as ‘Detainee M,’ even went on to head up the government security unit in charge of guarding Hillary Clinton when as U.S. Secretary of State she made an unannounced visit to Libya in 2011,” Verkaik wrote. “One woman’s terror suspect is another’s trusted bodyguard.”

The “extraordinary vetting oversight at the heart of the Clinton camp” is “bound to be seized upon by Mrs. Clinton’s critics as evidence of the State Department’s inadequate concern with security in Libya – a paucity that culminated in the horror of Benghazi,” The Daily Mail wrote.

Clinton’s October 2011 trip was designed to show her support and that of the United States for the Libyan people and to create new, positive ties with the nation. Less than one year later — Sept. 11, 2012 — the U.S. diplomatic outpost at Behghazi, Libya, came under attack, leading to the deaths of four Americans. Since then, questions have swirled about whether the Clinton-led State Department provided adequate security for American diplomats based in Libya.

h/t: The Daily Mail

 

US Chief Of Staff Calls For Desicive Military Action Against Islamic State In Libya As First Foreign Soldiers Arrive In The Country

Two weeks after Algerian media for the first time reported that something dramatic was about to happen in Libya, it becomes increasingly clear that the West is indeed planning to take the fight against Islamic State in a new way in the North African country.

Digital Journal, a global digital media network with thousands of members, confirmed on Sunday that members of the coalitions fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq are preparing for an intervention in Libya where Islamic State has made significant gains over the past few months.

The media network cited General Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who last week said that he was very concerned about the spread of Islamic State in Libya and that “decisive military action to check ISIS expansion” had become very likely. Dunford said that international military action against ISIS in Libya could be expected within weeks. He warned that if nothing is done, ISIS will use Libya as a beachhead for further expansion into Arab and North African countries.

A meeting in Rome about aid to Libya was apparently used by several world powers to discuss the military options in the war-torn country, which has witnessed increasing chaos and bloodshed since the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi in the summer of 2011.

The German newspaper Die Welt reported that the intervention would gain international legitimacy if the foreign intervention was requested by the new unity government that was formed last week under a UN-brokered deal.

“The only thing missing for a military intervention is the legal framework. As soon as the new Libyan unity government is formed, it can proceed. When Libya has a united and to some extent legitimate government again, then there is someone in response to whose request a western military intervention can take place within the framework of international law,” Die Welt reported.

If foreign military intervention is indeed dependent on the invitation of the Libyan National Unity Government, there is a new problem. Today, the internationally recognized current government of Libya rejected the UN-brokered deal and the forming of the unity government. 89 of the 104 members of parliament who attended the meeting of the government in the eastern city of Tobruk (where the deal was discussed) voted against the agreement and the forming of a unity government.

Libyan and other Arabic media, however, published reports that suggest that despite the decision of the MP’s in Tobruk, the foreign intervention will go ahead as planned. The Libya Observer, for example, reported on Sunday that about 500 foreign military personnel have arrived at Jamal Abdel Nasser military base, located south of Tobruk.

The intervention force is made up of Special Forces of the United States, Brittain and reportedly Russia, according to the London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat. The paper wrote that French military personnel would join the intervention force soon, while the media outlet Press Solidarity reported that French soldiers had already arrived in Libya.

If the foreign intervention force will become active in Libya, it will probably operate according to the same principles as the US Special Forces in Syria and Iraq. That means that small groups of Special Forces will carry out raids against Islamic State targets in Libya. There have been no reports about an imminent air campaign against Islamic State in Libya.

Meanwhile, Europol, the policy agency of the European Union, warned on Monday that ISIS will carry out more Paris-style attacks on European soil. The warning was based on a new report about the ISIS mega-terror attack in Paris that was compiled by Europol experts.

“The so-called Islamic State has developed a new combat style capability to carry out a campaign of large-scale attacks on a global stage with a particular focus on targets in Europe,” said Rob Wainwright, the director of Europol, during a press conference in Amsterdam.

The Interpol warning coincided with the release of a new horrific video by Islamic State that contained a similar warning to European countries, especially Great Britain. The video showed prior terrorist activities by the ISIS Jihadis who carried out the assault on Paris and the training activities that took place before they carried out the deadly attacks.

Obama Makes New Controversial Statement About ISIS During SOTU And Is Exposed By His Former CIA Chief

On Tuesday, during his final State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said that Islamic State and Al Qaeda pose a direct threat to the American people because “even a handful of these terrorists can do a lot of damage.” The president added that Islamic State doesn’t pose a threat to the existence of the United States.

Obama continued his SOTU by ridiculing people who think Islamic State is a much bigger danger to the U.S. and the world than he estimates.

“As we focus on destroying ISIL (Islamic State), over the top claims that this is World War III just play in their hands. Masses of fighters on the back of pickup trucks and twisted souls plotting in garages or apartments pose an enormous danger to civilians and must be stopped, but they do not threaten our national existence; that’s the story ISIL wants to tell,” Obama said.

A short while before Obama held his State of the Union address, his former deputy CIA chief, Michael Morell, told the House Armed Services Committee a different story about the threat that ISIS poses to the United States and the world.

ISIS is “a significant strategic and lethal threat” to the United States and beyond, Morell said. The former deputy CIA chief warned that in Libya, ISIS could repeat the “blitzkrieg” that the world witnessed in Iraq.

“ISIS has gained affiliates faster than al-Qaeda ever did. From nothing a year ago, there are now militant groups in nearly 20 countries that have sworn allegiance to ISIS. They have conducted attacks that have already killed Americans, and they carry the potential to themselves to grab large amounts of territory.

“Libya is a place where this could happen in the near term. ISIS controls territory in Libya. They are currently expanding that territory and foreign fighters are beginning to go to Libya to fight with the ISIS group there. I would not be surprised if we woke up one morning and ISIS in Libya had grabbed a large part of Libyan territory. The same kind of blitzkrieg on a smaller scale that we saw in Iraq.” Morell told congressional representatives.

As Western Journalism has reported, Ansar al-Sharia, the local ISIS branch in Libya, is on the march and now controls more than 155 miles of Libya’s coastal plain. The Islamic State group controls many oil fields, and attacked Libya’s oil terminals last week. The ISIS branch also launched a devastating suicide attack on a police academy and continued to try to seize Libya’s oil export terminals this week.

Libya is not the only country that Islamic State wants to bring under its control. In Afghanistan, the local ISIS branch, Wilayat Khorasan, destroyed the Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad today. Wilayat Khorasan aims to destabilize the entire region, but especially Pakistan since it possesses nuclear weapons. For this reason, Islamic State chose to set up camp in Jalalabad, which is close to the border with Pakistan.

As for Obama’s remarks about “fighters on the back of pickup trucks and twisted souls plotting in garages,” the president apparently forgot that the ever-expanding worldwide war against al-Qaeda and now Islamic State (an off-shoot of Al Qaeda in Iraq) started on September 11, 2001, when a bunch of terrorists brought down the Twin Towers in New York after seizing control over civilian airplanes with no more than box cutters.

REPORT: US-led Anti-ISIS Coalition On Verge Of Intervention In Libya After New ISIS Successes In The Country

Algerian newspaper al-Khabar reported this weekend that three Western countries have informed the Algerian government they will soon launch airstrikes against the Islamic State in Libya.

Several Arab and Iranian news sites reported the U.S., France and Great Britain have decided to bomb selected Islamic State targets in Libya. Intelligence agencies of both countries and the United Kingdom have already collected and analyzed intelligence on the activities of Islamic State in Libya, a well-informed European source reportedly told al-Khabar.

The airstrikes will target ISIS training camps, command centers and ammunition depots, according to the source, who added the decision to bomb Islamic State targets was taken after the November terrorist attacks in Paris.

Western Journalism was not able to independently verify the al-Khabar report about the impending Western airstrikes in Libya but events in the country over the last month might have influenced the decision to expand the air campaign against Islamic State to Libya.

First there were reports the ISIS branch in Libya, Ansar al-Sharia, booked a series of military successes against other rebel groups and government forces. Western Journalism and other U.S. media have reported Islamic State has vastly expanded its hold over territories in Libya and is now controlling more than 155 miles of Libya’s coastal plain.

The Jihadist organization chose to expand its activities to Libya because it’s only 400 miles away from Italy. ISIS wants to use Libya as a beachhead for a future attack on Italy and Spain in southern European. Both countries were part of the early Caliphate and were regarded as an eternal part of the Dar al-Islam (“The house of Islam”) by Islamic State and other Islamist groups.

According to Islamic State’s apocalyptic end-times vision, Italy is destined to become the front in the final battle against the Christian infidels. This battle will take place after three battles in al-Sham (Syria and Israel, in this case). From there, Islamic armies will invade Italy via Libya, and that will be the prelude of the battle for Muslim domination over the rest of the world.

Islamic State already has more than 5,000 fighters in Libya and has effectively become a colony of ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Military commanders from Islamic State have been flown in from Syria and Iraq to lead operations in Libya, and the local ISIS leaders take their orders from the Islamic State headquarters in Raqqa, Syria.

Islamic State has seized many oil fields in Libya over the past few months and is earning millions of dollars with its oil trade. Earlier this month, ISIS attacked Libya’s oil tankers in the port city of Es Sider and seven oil terminals in Ras Lanuf. The huge fire in Ras Lanuf was visible from space and images of the fire were transmitted by satellites.

Saturday, Islamic State bombed a major power plant in Benghazi. The plant is the main source of energy in Libya’s second largest city and already was operating at a reduced capacity.

And last week, Islamic State carried out the largest terrorist attack in Libya since the fall of the Khadaffi regime in 2011. After an ISIS suicide bomber blew himself up in Ras Lanuf and killed seven people, Islamic State sent a truck bomb to a police training facility in the western city of Zliten in Libya.

The truck bomber killed at least 65 people and wounded more than 100. Islamic State took responsibility for both attacks and said more would follow soon.

The brutal terrorist movement may also be behind the disappearance of 21 Egyptian citizens in Libya. The Egyptian authorities announced last week it is investigating reports by local media that the Egyptian citizens could have been kidnapped by ISIS.

The shelling of the oil terminals and the bombing of the police academy in Zliten is an indication that Islamic State is using the same tactics to destabilize and to conquer parts of Libya as it used in Iraq and Syria.

It is also clear the other rebel groups and government forces are not able to stop the rise of ISIS in Libya.

During UN-sponsored talks about the formation of a unity government in Geneva last month, the parties told the U.S. and other powers involved in the battle against Islamic State they didn’t need new foreign intervention in Libya to get rid of ISIS.

If the report about the imminent expansion of the air campaign against Islamic State is true, it shows the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS doesn’t trust the fighting capabilities of the other parties and wants to prevent a repeat of the events in Iraq and Syria during 2014 and 2015.

Here Is Islamic State’s Shocking Answer To Obama’s Claim That U.S. Contained ISIL

During his weekly radio address on Saturday, President Obama made another optimistic assessment of what he calls “the war on terror” when he spoke about the achievements in the global battle against Islamic State.

“Air strikes are hitting the Islamic State harder than ever,” the President claimed.

“We’re taking out more of their fighters and leaders, their weapons, their oil tankers. Our special operations forces are on the ground because we’re going to hunt down these terrorists wherever they try to hide. In recent weeks, our strikes have taken out the ISIL finance chief, a terrorist leader in Somalia and the ISIL leader in Libya,” Obama added.

His assessment was the most optimistic since the ISIS-inspired San Bernadino shooting that claimed the lives of 14 American citizens, USA Today reported.

Obama mainly focused on Syria and apparently Iraq where the Islamic State is now struggling to keep control over the city of Ramadi east of Bagdad.

The broader picture, however, is grimmer. In fact, the Islamic State is nowhere close to being defeated, continuing to expand in other countries in the Middle East, and as the latest ISIS attacks in Europe and the United States prove, is now able to attack Western societies.

As Western Journalism reported two weeks ago, the Islamic State is working to take over Libya and the Libyan ISIS branch is now in the possession of a flight simulator for the training of pilots of warplanes.

New York Times reporter David Kirkpatrick confirmed our report last Thursday and said during a radio interview after he returned from Libya that he was “shocked and alarmed” at the growth of ISIS in Libya.

“I have to say I was personally shocked and alarmed at what I found on this last visit. When I had last been near Sirte (ISIS’ capital in Libya) earlier this year in February and March, it looked like a bunch of local militants with their own local agenda just hauled up the Islamic State flag to make themselves look tough. When I went back this time, not only did I find that they had vastly expanded their terrain … but the city of Sirte had become a kind of actively managed colony of the Islamic State leaders in Raqqa,” Kirkpatrick told his interviewer.

He added that ISIS’ military commanders are flown in from Iraq and Syria to lead operations in Libya and efforts to recruit foreign fighters in countries in the region. He said that the Islamic State now controls 150 miles of Libya’s coast.

This brings ISIS significantly closer to the West since the Italian island of Sicily is just 400 miles away. According to ISIS’ apocalyptic end-times vision, the final battle against the West will start in Italy and will end with Muslim domination over the whole world. The Islamic State already has sleeper cells in Italy and has threatened to attack the country on several occasions.

The chaos in Libya, a country where several militias are fighting against each other, and that is surrounded by other destabilized regimes that in some cases are embroiled in their own battles against ISIS or other Islamic groups, makes it virtually impossible to organize an effective Western intervention, Kirkpatrick concluded. His interviewer called Libya the West’s latest nightmare.

The Islamic State sees control over Libya and especially Sirte as no less important than control over Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria. The leadership of ISIS is directly involved in governing the new province of the Caliphate in Libya and introduced a new slogan that indicates Libya’s importance for the Jihadist organization: “Sirte will be no less than Raqqa.”

The organization now has reportedly 5,000 fighters in Libya and on Saturday seized the ancient Roman town of Sabratha some 50 miles from the capital of Tripoli. The Libyan capital could be ISIS’ next target. Experts fear that the Islamic State will destroy the artifacts and ruins in Sabratha, which is a UNESCO world heritage site.

In neighboring Egypt, ISIS affiliate Wilayat Sinai is already in control of the northern part of the Sinai desert and has recorded successes in the battle against the regime of President al-Sisi. The most recent success was the downing of a Russian civilian airplane in a desolate area in the northern Sinai Peninsula. This ISIS terror operation has caused a major blow to the vital tourist industry in the country and has further damaged Egypt’s economy.

Experts warn, however, that the organization will not stop there and is trying to expand to other parts of Egypt.

ISIS already has a foothold in the country’s western desert and has set its sights on Egypt’s most densely populated region, the Nile Delta, where support for Islamist groups has been on the rise since the founding of the Muslim Brotherhood at the beginning of the last century. ISIS is using Facebook and other social media to reach out to disgruntled Muslim Brotherhood members and the poor masses in the Nile Delta.

The Islamic State’s influence is also growing in Israel.

The Israeli security forces have arrested several ISIS terror cells that were preparing attacks against targets in the Jewish state or were preparing to cross the Syrian border to join ISIS in Syria. In most cases, these cells were made up of Arab Israeli citizens who became affiliated with ISIS via social media or the now outlawed northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel.

The Islamic State’s influence among Palestinian Arabs is on the rise too. The current knife jihad by individual terrorists against Israeli citizens is not only inspired by the incitement by Palestinian media and the Palestinian Authority but by the atrocities of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, as well. Furthermore, the use of lone wolves attacks was first propagated by an ISIS ideologue by the name of Musab al-Suri who wrote a 1600-page manifesto that propagated ‘individual terrorism.’

These lone wolf attacks have made it increasingly difficult for Israeli security forces to get a grip on the situation, and it threatens the fabric of life in Israel.

So, is Islamic State contained as the Obama administration recently claimed? You can judge for yourself.