Turkish Horsehair – Was Erdogan Connected To Killing Stevens?…..

Before you read this excellent consideration by Clare Lopez outlining the serious possibility for Turkish involvement in the Benghazi attack, it is important to remember how close President Obama is to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.   Erdogan is a severe islamist and both Obama and Erdogan are very friendly.

What she outlines in this report is extremely alarming to consider, given the nature of President Obama and Erdogan’s personal friendship and given the nature of Turkey’s involvement with the Syrian uprising.

(By Clare Lopez)  If reporting from the Washington Times is accurate, it looks like the Turkish Consul General Ali Sait Akin was in on the plot to attack the U.S. mission in Benghazi. According to an October 27, 2012 report, Libyan witnesses from the Benghazi neighborhood where the U.S. compound was located told reporters from the Associated Press (AP) that “150 bearded gunmen, some wearing the Afghan-style tunics favored by Islamic militants began sealing off the streets” leading to the facility “around nightfall.”

The Department of State “Background Briefing on Libya,” provided by telephone to reporters on October 9, 2012 states that Ambassador Christopher Stevens held his last meeting of the day on September 11 with the Turkish diplomat from 7:30pm to 8:30pm and then escorted him out to the compound gate to bid farewell. At that point, the briefing states, “Everything is calm at 8:30 p.m. There’s nothing unusual.”

But the AP witnesses said that, “The neighbors all described the militants setting up checkpoints around the compound at about 8 p.m.” The checkpoints were described as being manned by bearded jihadis in pickup trucks mounted with heavy machine guns and bearing the logo of the Al-Qaeda terror franchise, Ansar al-Shariah.

That means that the Turkish Consul General would have had to pass out through the blockade as he departed the American compound and left the area. There is no record that he phoned a warning to his American colleague, the one he’d just had dinner with, Ambassador Stevens. Given the description of the blockade around the American compound and of the jihadis and their trucks that were manning it, it seems unlikely that the he somehow just failed to notice. “[N]o one could get out or in,” according to one neighbor interviewed by the AP.

Except for the Turkish Consul General, it would appear.

Stevens was a sitting duck, a target surrounded by the jihadist attackers who shortly would take his life and that of his Public Affairs Officer, Sean Smith.

Similarly, this raises the question of the Libyan gate guards from the “February 17 Martyrs Brigade,” the jihadi militia subcontracted by the British firm Blue Mountain, which was the prime contractor for the U.S. Benghazi compound security contract.

What did they know and when did they know it?  Even if the Americans, inside the buildings behind the compound walls and getting ready to retire for the night, were not aware of what was happening in the streets around them, the Libyans of the Martyrs Brigade surely must have been. Yet they provided no warning to the Ambassador and his people either, because again, according to the State Department briefing, the American security officers inside were taken by surprise when the first gunshots and explosions rang out around 9:40 pm.

The State Department must have known much of this when it provided the briefing. So must have the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, the National Security Council and the White House. More than likely, the State Department knew in advance of the Ambassador’s meeting schedule for that day, including his plans for a final dinner meeting with Akin.

To date, however, none of them has mentioned the curious circumstance that Ali Sait Akin knew the American Ambassador and his staff at the Benghazi compound were being set up for slaughter and did nothing to warn them.

The topic of discussion between the Ambassador and his dinner guest has not been revealed, but it would seem to be of even more significance now that it has become obvious the Turkish diplomat and by extension, his government, were at least to some degree complicit in the attack against Ambassador Stevens and the others.  (more)

Clare Lopez is an international security consultant at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies. She is uniquely qualified to analyze the intelligence and defense communities not only through her current professional connections, but also because of her 20-year background with the CIA. She served for 20 years as an operations officer specializing in counterintelligence,
counternarcotics, and counterproliferation programs

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14 Responses to Turkish Horsehair – Was Erdogan Connected To Killing Stevens?…..

  1. lovemygirl says:

    The comments left by getridofO seem intriguing (at the Wash Times link). I’m following up on a clue he left.

  2. lovemygirl says:

    http://www.blackfive.net/ is a place I went to in years past. Good info there.

  3. chevymisty says:

    When I first heard about Stevens having dinner with the Turkish guy…it hung in my mind as a very important key component to all of this. I just couldn’t place why. Now it all makes sense.

    • lovemygirl says:

      I thought so too but had no idea what it involved, I still don’t. I’m checking out the Military blogs because they have better insight than us Civis.

  4. lovemygirl says:

    Ran across this vid

  5. boricuafudd says:

    The way I see it there is two other posibilities, the Turkish counsel the Libyan authorities and they clear it. The counsel communicated with his government, who either passed the information to our government or kept the information to themselves. Now and interesting tidbit is that the Counsel gave an interview a day or so after the attack, in which he raised the lack of security measures at the Consulate, and he also mentioned having a talk with the Ambassador regarding the of security. He also was the first one to mention the 4 Libyan unarmed guards as the only security, that night, in fact there were 7, 3 members of the 17th of February Militia that was providing the armed security from the Libyan government.

    Yet on the report no mention of any force gathering close to the Consulate or any road blocks. It is possible the reporter did not put it in his report, though this is unlikely, a detail like that would go against the theory that the video was the cause of the attacks.

  6. woohoowee says:

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

    “Iran and Turkey’s meeting reveals new approach to Syria
    Talks between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Recep Tayyip Erdogan are a step towards a regional solution over Syria”

    “All but unnoticed by the wider world, Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, held an unscheduled tête-à-tête last week with the US’s most despised bogeyman, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran.”

    Snip

    “Neither man gave much away after the encounter, but officials said ways of defusing the Syrian crisis were discussed. After a year or more of backing opposing sides, and with a military solution apparently beyond the reach of both Bashar al-Assad’s regime and Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels, Iran and Turkey have a shared interest in calming things down.”

    Snip

    “Speaking to the Guardian, Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister, said Turkey had always believed in a regional approach and was optimistic Russia, for example, with which he was maintaining regular high-level contacts, could be part of a solution.”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/recep-tayyip-erdogan

  7. lovemygirl says:

    GEN Ham, with 42 years under his belt, could actually retire TOMORROW, and we should see what he has to say when he retires. Since the announcement of his being replaced, GEN Ham has been seen speaking at several functions. Hardly the position of someone who was arrested for insubordination…or as some are suggesting, the leader of a coup. But it is possible that he was removed for violating orders in a manner without arrest.

    On back channel, there has been talk that GEN Ham is actually being relieved for another mission – one that was denied airspace access by a sovereign nation, and that GEN Ham intentionally violated airspace rules/laws in order to complete a mission (not Benghazi). There is also talk that GEN Ham is resigning in disgust of the chain of command – literally, with the Commander in Chief – and that he is trying to do so as apolitically as possible (and Ham is seen as being one of “the President’s guys”). One would think that someone would wait for an election just days away to be over before resigning in protest (because you might have a new CinC), but who knows? On Monday, GEN Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, declared that GEN Ham’s departure was part of a planned rotation in the works since July. Hhmmm…

  8. lovemygirl says:

    From a military guy posting:
    It’s hard to say what is truth and what is fiction right now. This is all speculation for the moment. And some of these rumors might have been started to ensure that the truth doesn’t come out until after the election.

  9. Popeyes spinach brand says:

    Wasn’t a meeting with the Turkish counsel one of the reasons Ambassador Stevens returned to Libya on Sept. 11? This sounds suspicious.

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