CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 24, 2014 — A new book about Benghazi by Nobel Peace Prize nominee Kenneth Timmerman will almost certainly change the debate and the discussion about the attacks that took place on September 11, 2012 in Libya.
According to Timmerman in “Dark Forces: The Truth About What Happened in Benghazi“ Ambassador Chris Stevens was involved in arming Syrian rebels who were fighting Bashar Assad, an ally of Iran. Initially the Benghazi plan was to kidnap Stevens and destroy the CIA annex, but the order was later changed to kill the ambassador.
The well-documented manuscript provides detailed intelligence information obtained from high level Western sources and two defectors from Iranian intelligence.
One critical piece of information sheds new light on the weakness of Western leaders to deal with Middle Eastern operatives. It comes from John Maguire, a former CIA deputy chief of station in Baghdad. Maguire confirms that the Quds Force, the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guards, was led by Qassem Suleimani, who is said to be the top Middle East operative today. According to Timmerman, Suleimani masterminded the Benghazi operation.
The key element of the plan was the failure of the West to recognize that the Iranians were working with Sunni terrorists as a cover. Maguire points out that once again, Western experts failed to recognize the possibility of a Shiite-Sunni terrorist coalition. It is another graphic example of the West’s inability to understand the Islamic mindset when it comes to accomplishing their goals. No possibility should ever be taken off the table.
According to Timmerman’s book, the American communications network was cracked by the Quds, providing them with information that the CIA knew the Quds had operatives working secretly with the Iranian Red Crescent.
Now the story becomes a classic “Spy vs Spy“ drama. At the end of July, the Benghazi annex intercepted a conversation in Farsi about the arrival of a hit squad for an attack on the consulate. Seven Quds operatives arrived at the airport posing as humanitarian workers for the Red Crescent.
The seven operatives were suddenly and mysteriously kidnapped and taken hostage. Among the captives was the Revolutionary Guards Deputy Chief of Operations Major-General Mehdi Rabbani.
But the kidnapping plot was merely an elaborate ruse staged primarily for the media which did, in fact, report the story. The idea was executed by Ibrahim Mohammed Joudaki, a senior Quds officer, who orchestrated the kidnapping in order to provide cover for the actual mission which was the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
The severn Iranians were being “held“ until after the September 11 attack in order to claim that Iran had also been a victim of a terrorist attack in Libya.
Once the Iranians discovered their cover had been blown, they then altered their plans to kidnap Chris Stevens and decided to kill him instead.
Timmerman’s revelations are sure to provide explosive information that will alter the debate about Benghazi considerably.
At the same time, it will point out the woeful inadequacies of the Obama administration’s foreign policy. It should also erase the illusion of the bogus YouTube video once and for all. Furthermore, it will highlight the absurdity of the on-going negotiations between the U.S. and Iran over nuclear weapons.
And finally, it will reinforce the point that, when it comes to dealing with global terrorism, the West is farther behind the curve than we ever imagined.
About the Author: Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com). His goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.
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