Suspect in Benghazi attack killed under mysterious circumstances

posted at 10:01 am on July 15, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Faraj al-Shibli did not lack for enemies, it would appear. The Libyan government held him for a time after the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, at least long enough for the FBI to interrogate him. Two days ago, another militia grabbed him in the former Cyrenaica capital of Marj, a town just off the Mediterranean, 96 kilometers from Benghazi. Yesterday, locals found his body:

Faraj al-Shibli, who was suspected of involvement in the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, has been found dead, a Libyan source and locals in the town of Marj said.

Al-Shibli, whose name is also spelled Chalabi, was last seen being detained by a local militia in Marj two days ago, a Libyan source said.

It is unclear what happened to al-Shibli since then, but his body was found Monday in the eastern Libyan town of Marj.

Locals in Marj also confirmed that al-Shibli’s body was found Monday.

Shibli didn’t lack for friends, either. CNN reports that investigators have discovered links between Shibli and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which operates out of Yemen. That’s a different organization than al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, which has operated in North Africa for years, and which became one of the biggest winners from the US-NATO war against Moammar Qaddafi. The removal of Qaddafi left a huge vacuum for the Islamist terror networks, which took advantage of the failed Libyan state to recruit, mobilize, and attack. The link to AQAP undercuts the narrative that the Benghazi attack was just a target of convenience for local networks, if Shibli was part of it.

But there’s more, according to the initial CNN report. Shibli also had friends in Pakistan and the al-Qaeda network there. That’s the so-called “core” al-Qaeda, the group behind the 9/11 attacks as well as attacks on the USS Cole, the Khobar Towers bombing, and the bombings of our embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. If those contacts have been established and if they existed prior to Benghazi, then that puts an even more interesting twist on the fact that the Benghazi consulate got sacked on the anniversary of the original 9/11 attacks.

All of this raises an even more intriguing question: why didn’t the US get Shibli from the Libyans? The Libyans had him securely enough that the FBI had the opportunity to interrogate him. In fact, the Libyans arrested him on his return from Pakistan, which should have raised lots of eyebrows. Did the Libyans refuse to extradite him? Did we ask? Or did we somehow find another way to “bring justice” to a Benghazi mastermind?


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Dead men tell no tales…

major dad on July 15, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Locals in Marj also confirmed that al-Shibli’s body was found Monday.

Headless?

Bmore on July 15, 2014 at 10:04 AM

So HE was the one that made that video?

When you are the Hildabeast, Fort Marcy Park can be anywhere an inconvenient truth needs to die.

ConstantineXI on July 15, 2014 at 10:05 AM

I bet some terrorists higher up the food chain took him out so he couldn’t rat them out.

SoulGlo on July 15, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Maybe a headless photo if he was headless Ed.

Bmore on July 15, 2014 at 10:07 AM

What difference, at this point, does it make? (It had to be said)

Bottom line, if it doesn’t fit the administration’s narrative they are not going to do it. YouTube videos sparking protest, the FBI sitting on its arse in Tripoli until the crime scene was destroyed in Benghazi, a remarkable lack of curiosity about those responsible, Non-disclosure statements and polygraph tests for CIA survivors, refusing to release the autopsy results…….

None of this is important with Killary’s book sales, the last shreds of Susan Rice’s credibility, and the administrations messaging.

Happy Nomad on July 15, 2014 at 10:07 AM

It was probably just another tragic work related accident.

oscarwilde on July 15, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Jihadist goodfellas

jaywemm on July 15, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Let me guess, his computer’s hard drive has been recycled as well?

And we all know al queda is notoriously sloppy for not backing up emails on the server.

HumpBot Salvation on July 15, 2014 at 10:13 AM

All of this raises an even more intriguing question: why didn’t the US get Shibli from the Libyans? The Libyans had him securely enough that the FBI had the opportunity to interrogate him. In fact, the Libyans arrested him on his return from Pakistan, which should have raised lots of eyebrows. Did the Libyans refuse to extradite him? Did we ask? Or did we somehow find another way to “bring justice” to a Benghazi mastermind?

I’m not Carmack the Magnificent, but I can play one on the Interwebs. In order:

- Because Al Qaeda was on the run, and bringing Shibli over for charges would have destroyed that narrative.

- Why would the Libyans refuse what wasn’t asked for?

- See above.

- Not a chance – one of Shibli’s other enemies got him without our help or sanction.

Steve Eggleston on July 15, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Holder has already looked into it and determined it was suicide by multiple gunshot wounds to the back after he amputated his own hands.

Bishop on July 15, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Not headless I guess. At least his killers gave him a pleasant look.

Bmore on July 15, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Holder has already looked into it and determined it was suicide by multiple gunshot wounds to the back after he amputated his own hands.

Bishop on July 15, 2014 at 10:14 AM

At least Holder didn’t blame white people for once.

ConstantineXI on July 15, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Alas, one less terrorist to swap for a hostage.

TXUS on July 15, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Mysterious death? Involving a Clinton? This is news?

iceman1960 on July 15, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Yes, it’s being ruled as a suicide because he shot himself twice in the back of his head while sitting in the front seat of his car (and then he tossed the gun into nearby bushes before dying).

Mahdi on July 15, 2014 at 10:32 AM

What ever the reason or the who did it, I don’t believe anything I don’t see first hand in this world anymore.

docflash on July 15, 2014 at 10:35 AM

It was probably just another tragic work related accident.

oscarwilde on July 15, 2014 at 10:07 AM

…yep!… but I think it was work place violence…and with so many “well qualified” employees…it will be hard to find the perpetrator.

JugEarsButtHurt on July 15, 2014 at 10:41 AM

shades of Vince Foster

pc253 on July 15, 2014 at 10:42 AM

But of course, the guilty must (attempt to) destroy the ‘paper trail’. Disgusting politics for power: Politician, rule thyself!

KissMyAmericanFlag on July 15, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Proof he was affiliated with Al-Q shows he wasn’t a Muslim or had anything to do with Saudi Arabia or Islam? Right?

BL@KBIRD on July 15, 2014 at 10:43 AM

He knew too much. He was never gonna be allowed to talk at a trial. Is this the guy who Lindsey Graham visited with in Tunisia? Obama wouldn’t send a Democrat for that. Got to keep the separation.

Buddahpundit on July 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM

I have heard “scuttle-butt” that the C.I.A. are offering “free-obamacare” to any Al Qaeda terrorist in Iraq who agrees to give up his weapons and surrender to American troops. Obviously nobody in America wants to be a member. Maybe they can peddle garbage like that overseas to the suicidal natives ? I mean, they do need SOME sort of medical-coverage, what with all the bullet wounds and beheading’s going on all the time ?

Bugdust172 on July 15, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Now that the “government” has asked for help to survive, I would guess this guy’s murder is part of some faction’s push to take control of Libya.

First they murder the key men, then they attack, just like in Afghanistan before 9/11.

PattyJ on July 15, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Ah, so this guy was Vince Fostered.

Yeah, I guess there’s not a smidgen of corruption here either?

Meople on July 15, 2014 at 11:37 AM

So, if you connect the dots here, the Obama Regime is actively working WITH Al Qaeda to ensure no one is alive to shed any light on what actually went down before and during the Benghazi attack.

Meople on July 15, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Probably working on a new YouTube video: “The Libya Connection – Obama’s Gun Running to Syria”.

albill on July 15, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Chicago style. Go figure.

GarandFan on July 15, 2014 at 12:26 PM

They found him, dead, on a park bench.
… his emails are in Hillary’s attic.

RedManBlueState on July 15, 2014 at 12:34 PM

OK, as distasteful as conspiracy theories are, if I were that the sort of person to indulge in them, I’d say that Chalabi knew something that the State Department didn’t want released. You know, that thing Petraeus’ mistress mentioned briefly, the mention of which led to the affair being publicized. Our government had something gone on at that warehouse, something they didn’t want congress to know about. Perhaps it was some sort of CIA torture op that would’ve been embarrassing. Perhaps it was a cache of weapons that were destined for bad guys in Syria so they could fight the bad guy in charge of Syria. Since that drone was shot down over Israel, I’ve been wondering if that came from that warehouse. If Chalabi knew, then “we,” meaning the government, would want him dead.

RockinRickOwen on July 15, 2014 at 1:17 PM

I have it on good authority that neither Mitch Rapp or Scot Harvath were in the area.

WestTexasBirdDog on July 15, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Suspect in Benghazi attack killed under mysterious circumstances

Oh. Bummer.

alchemist19 on July 15, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Suspect in Benghazi attack killed under mysterious circumstances

These guys can be taken out simply by bribing appropriate individuals. Even Roman emperors were never safe. The PTB could have taken out Hitler at any time-but chose not to.

They’re allowed to live as long as those that could take them out are benefiting from their existence.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 15, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Or did we somehow find another way to “bring justice” to a Benghazi mastermind?

Sorry Ed, but as there were no strutting and preening statements from the Spite House, or glowing Enemy Press reports praising their False Messiah, we can conclusively determine that the US Government had no part in his death….

ScottG on July 15, 2014 at 8:41 PM

“Locals in Marj also confirmed that al-Shibli’s body was found Monday”.
Did he still have his head? Did he still have his genitals?? Was he raped?? If the answers are no, no, yes, you can bet it was the “religion of peace”.
Barky doesn’t have the stomach to cut off heads and genitals, rape on the other hand…

AppraisHer on July 15, 2014 at 10:41 PM