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FBI Agents Finally Reach Libyan City Where Four Americans Were Killed in Attack on U.S. Consulate

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A team of FBI agents finally arrived in Benghazi, Libya, to investigate the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate and has narrowed the suspects to one or two people in an extremist group, the Associated Press reports.

The AP said agents swooped in before dawn Thursday and left after about 12 hours following weeks of waiting to access the scene of the attack that left Ambassador J. Christopher Sevens and three other Americans dead.

The agents were joined by several dozens U.S. special operations forces, the AP reported, citing an unnamed senior Defense Department official.

The FBI said the agents visited “the relevant locations” in the city, but would not say whether any evidence was found.

A U.S. counterterrorism official said the probe has focused on one or two suspects in the Libya-based extremist group Ansar al-Shariah.

FBI Unable to Reach Benghazi to Investigate Attack on U.S. Consulate

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 FBI agents are having a hard time investigating the killings of four Americans at a U.S. consulate in Libya because they can’t get clearance from the country’s leaders to enter the city of Benghazi, CNN reports.

Making matters worse, the crime scene has not been secured, according to CNN, citing sources.

Libya also has denied the FBI’s request to interview suspects in custody, CNN reported.

The attack on the consulate occurred during a protest over a film that mocked Muslim Prophet Mohammed.

FBI Team Arrives in Libya to Investigate Deaths of Four Americans

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A team of FBI agents is in Libya to investigate the killings of four Americans during an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, the Washington Post reports.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday an undisclosed number of agents arrived in Libya following delays fueled by concerns about continued violence, according to the Post.

“The FBI has joined the investigation on the ground in Libya and we will not rest until the people who orchestrated this attack are found and punished,” Clinton told reporters, the Washington Post reported.

The attack on the consulate, which was spurred by an anti-Muslim video, killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other State Department employees.

FBI Delays Sending FBI Agents to Libya Because of Instability

By Susan Candiotti and Arwa Damon
CNN

FBI investigators probing the U.S. Consulate killings in Libya put off a visit there until conditions in the volatile region are safer.

Agents hoped to arrive on Saturday but reconsidered because of the instability sweeping across Libya and throughout the region, federal law enforcement officials said.

One source said there’s nothing to be gained by putting additional people in harm’s way when the situation on the ground remains volatile. It’s hard to say when the situation will become stable enough for the FBI to visit, the officials said.

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FBI Warns of Potential Violence in U.S. Following Satirical Film About Prophet Mohammed

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security are warning of potential violence spreading to the U.S. following a satirical movie mocking the Prophet Mohammed, ABC News reports.

The Joint Intelligence Bulletin warned that “the risk of violence could increase both at home and abroad as the film continues to gain attention.”

The warning comes a few days after an attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and four others.

While there are no specific threats, U.S. officials said violent extremists hope to exploit Muslim anger over the film, ABC News reported.

Homeland Security Expert: Libya Needs Help with ‘Fragile’ Security

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The U.S. has failed to support Libya after the killing of its longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in October 2011, said former Homeland Security adviser Fran Townsend, CNN reports.

Townsend made the remarks Wednesday morning after the killing of U.S. Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens.

Townsend said the country has a “very fragile” state of security, CNN reported.

“The first indication of a working democracy if that it can protect its own people,” Townsend said. “And Libya is struggling. I was there. To take in the military elements, the ministry of interior and border guards [are] trying to get the equipment they need. And the attention of the international community, quite frankly, has turned elsewhere.”

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FBI Dir. Mueller Went to Libya to Discuss Lockerbie Bombing

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Lockerbie plane bombing is a mystery that won’t go away.

SkyNews/News Score reports that FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III and Scotland’s top prosecutor visited Libya in Tripoli to “pave the way for further investigations into the 1988 Lockerbie plane bombing.”

The meeting took place April 25, but was kept secret for security reasons.

According to the news aggency, a spokesman for Scotland’s Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service said, “The Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC, and Robert S Mueller, director of the FBI, met with the Libyan Prime Minister Abdurahim el Keib to discuss the ongoing investigation into the Lockerbie bombing.”

 

Muslim Group Wants Justice to Investigate Portland FBI

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Muslim civil rights group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR),  is none too happy with the Portland FBI.

The Associated Press reports that the group wants the Justice Department to investigate the behavior of the Portland FBI, which has barred two Libyan-Americans from returning to the U.S.

AP reports that the two men — Jamal Tarhuni, 55, of Tigard, Or., and Mustafa Elogbi, 60, of Portland — both traveled at different times to Libya after Moammar Gadhafi was removed from power.

AP reported that Tarhuni delivered humanitarian supplies with the group Medical Teams International and Elogbi visited family.

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