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Al Qaeda May Be Behind Libya Attack

The attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other staffers in Libya may have been planned by al Qaeda, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The Obama administration says it is now investigating whether the attacks were planned to mark the anniversary of 9/11. Officials say the attack bears hallmarks of the al Qaeda–linked group Ansar al Sharia. “This was a precision attack,” Libya expert George Joffe told the BBC. “One that would have required a degree of planning. It may well have been inspired by the call by al-Qaeda’s Ayman al-Zawahiri to avenge the killing of Abu Yahya al-Libi.”

September 12, 2012 3:08 PM