Al Qaeda May Be Behind Libya Attack

    An armed man waves his rifle as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames after being set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late on September 11, 2012. An armed mob protesting over a film they said offended Islam, attacked the US consulate in Benghazi and set fire to the building, killing one American, witnesses and officials said.          AFP PHOTO        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

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    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.”

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