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Updated Timeline, posted on June 16, 2014

Jihadis Out of Afghanistan

  • 1989: Afghan War Ended
  • Libyan Fighters Return Home
  • Early 1990s: Libyan Islamic Fighting Group established
  • 1990-1995: Qaddafi Defeated LIFG
  • Key LIFG Leadership Moved to Sudan w/Usama Bin Laden (UBL)
  • 1993 Lockerbie bombing wrongly blamed on Qaddafi
  • 1995: Assassination attempt vs Egyptian President Mubarak
  • 1995: LIFG assassination attempt vs Qaddafi w/MI6 support

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  • 26 Feb 1999: Blue Mt. Security Solutions Limited incorporated; located in Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK
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MI 6 & LIFG

  • 1995: Abu Anas al-Libi, other LIFG flee Sudan for UK; UBL returned to Afghanistan
  • 1995-2000: LIFG live in UK safehaven
  • 2000: Discovery of the Manchester Document
  • 2000: LIFG members fled UK back to Afghanistan 

9/11 Attacks & Aftermath

  • September 11, 2001
  • Post 9/11: some LIFG picked up, detained
  • 2002 (?): Abu Sufian bin Qumu captured, sent to GITMO
  • 2004: Abu Anas al-Libi & Abdelhakim Belhadj captured
  • Mid-2000s: GITMO detainees released to home countries
  • 2005: Qaddaffi pressured by US Emb Tripoli & son Seif to begin “reconciliation process”
  • 2005: LIFG/Muslim Brotherhood (MB) cleric Ali Mohammad Al-Sallabi is key mediator
  • 2008: Christopher Stevens appointed DCM Tripoli, Libya
  • 2008-10: Key LIFG leadership released from Libyan prisons
  • 2008: Abdelhakim Belhadj released from jail
  • Abu Sufian bin Qumu returns to Derna

Islamic Uprising Begins

  • 15 Feb 2011: Mubarak fell, MB took power
  • 17 Feb 2011: Libyan revolt began
  • 21 Feb 2011: Yousef al-Qaradawi fatwa to kill Qaddafi
  • Late Feb 2011: Gen. Fatah Younis defected to rebels
  • 12 Mar 2011: Michael Kostiw, Staff Director, Senate Armed Services Committee & Sen. John McCain’s staff, said Sen. McCain wanted personal cell phone #s for Gen. Younis, Falah Saloma, Xenois. Provided.

U.S. Throws in with Al-Qa’eda & Muslim Brotherhood

  • 14 Mar 2011: SecState Hillary Clinton met w/Mahmoud Jibril in Paris
  • 15 Mar 2011: Mustafa Jalil flew out of Libya w/120 rebel leaders
  • 16 March 2011: French President ordered his fighter jets to bomb Gaddafi’s convoys in advance of UN resolution
  • 17 Mar 2011: UNSC Resolution 1973 for “No Fly Zone” to protect civilians
  • 18 Mar 2011: SecState Hillary Clinton in London announced USG support to TNC rebels, Mustafa Jalil
  • 18 Mar 2011: Christopher Stevens, in London w/SecState Clinton, named USG Liaison to Libyan rebels
  • 19 Mar 2011: US-NATO bombing began–‘Operation Freedom Falcon’ under AFRICOM Gen. Ham
  • US Navy fired 220 Tomahawk missiles vs Qaddafi forces over course of conflict 

Truce Talks

  • 20 Mar 2011: Adm. Chuck Kubic begin email, telephone contact between Tripoli & AFRICOM Stuttgart re: white flag of truce
  • 20-21 Mar 2011: Qaddafi expressed interest in truce, possible abdication & exile; pulled forces back as sign of ‘good faith’
  • Adm. CK called LTC Brian Linvill, former Tripoli Emb. MILATT office, now w/AFRICOM Stuttgart
  • Maj. Mark Colbursum, USEMB Rabat also in contact loop
  • 21 Mar 2011: Per LTC Linvill, ‘Gen. Ham has no green light’
  • Qaddafi office called LTC Linvill, promised military pull-back fm cities
  • 21 Mar 2011 (?): Gen. Ham on U.S. TV noted Q pullback
  • 21-22 Mar 2011: Talks ended because Gen. Ham got no permission to proceed
  • Late Mar 2011: Responsibility for U.S. military support to Libyan rebels transferred from AFRICOM to EUCOM/NATO
  • ‘Operation United Protector’

Weapons Flow

  • 28 Mar 2011: Qatar recognized Libyan rebels–Transitional National Council (TNC)
  • 29 March 2011: Pres. Obama signed Presidential Finding for covert ops support to Libyan rebels
  • 30 Mar 2011: NYT, “fierce debate on arming Libyan rebels”
  • 31 Mar 2011: NATO took control of all military ops in Libya; controlled Libyan air space; all ships subject to inspection
  • 22 Apr 2011: Sen. John McCain visited Benghazi rebels together w/Chris Stevens–called them “my heroes”
  • 15 July 2011: USG formally recognized TNC
  • 28 July 2011: Gen. Younis killed by Abu Khattala’s men on orders of Mustafa Jalil after finding out MB-Jalil weapons sale to Qaddafi

Curt Weldon’s Libya Trip

  • 4-6 Aug 2011: Former Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA) visited Tripoli–‘private mission’ to ask Qaddafi step aside–Q wouldn’t see him–too late
  • Curt.Weldon@yahoo.com–Jenkins Hill Int’l.–1 (484) 340-9944
  • Trip paid for by 2 TX oil lobbyists: Houston attorney Brian Ettinger (former aide to then-Sen. Joe Biden) & former Bush aide Steve Payne, both of Worldwide Strategic Energy
  • 20 Oct 2011: Qaddafi killed
  • Late Oct 2011: TNC took command
  • 1 Nov 2011: Black flag of Islamic jihad spotted flying over Benghazi courthouse
  • Nov 2011: Abdelhakim Belhadj led Libyan delegation to meet Syrian Free Army (SFA) & offer fighters, weapons

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Benghazi Security Deteriorates

  • March 2012: DoS contract for local guard services, Benghazi took effect
  • 28 Mar 2012: U.S. Amb. Cretz sent cable to SecState Clinton requesting additional security assets
  • 6 Apr 2012: IED thrown over SMC wall
  • 19 Apr 2012: DoS cable to Amb. Cretz signed by SecState Clinton refused request for more security
  • 3 May 2012: DoS signed security contract w/Blue Mountain for $783,284
  • 3 May 2012: DoS turned down request from Amb. security team for DC-3 airplane
  • Sometime in 2012: Blue Mt. sub-contracted Amb. Compound security to 17 February Martyrs Brigade
  • May 2012: CK visited Benghazi
  • 22 May 2012: International Red Cross hit by 2 RPGs
  • 22 May 2012: J. Christopher Stevens appointed Ambassador to Libya
  • 1 June 2012: Car bomb exploded outside hotel where UK Amb staying
  • 6 Jun 2012: IED blew hole in SMC outer perimeter wall
  • 7 Jun 2012: Stevens presented credentials in Tripoli
  • 7 Jun 2012: Amb. Stevens requested keep 2 mobile security teams for personal protection, but DoS refused request
  • 10 Jun 2012: UK Amb convoy hit by RPG attack
  • 10 Jun 2012: AQ staged open rally in Benghazi
  • 15 Jun 2012: DoS official Charlene Lamb told RSO Nordstrom Site Security Team (SST) contract would not be renewed
  • 17 Jun 2012: UK closed its Benghazi consulate
  • 17 Jun 2012: International Red Cross closed Benghazi office
  • 19 Jun 2012: Tunisian consulate stormed by Ansar al-Shariah
  • 22 Jun 2012: Amb. Stevens warned ‘extremist groups’ operating openly in Benghazi, and in Libya as a whole 

Blind Sheikh Release Campaign & a YouTube Video

  • 21 Jun 2012: Hani Nour Eldin, Gama’at al-Islamiyya official/Egyptian MP, met in WDC w/NSC Denis McDonough to request release of Blind Sheikh
  • 29 Jun 2012: Morsi pledged to work for release of Blind Sheikh
  • 2 Jul 2012: “Innocence of Muslims” 14 min. trailer posted to YouTube by Sam Bacile
  • Intent: arouse anti-Islam protests by 11 Sep 2012

Benghazi Methodically Stripped of Security

  • 6 Jul 2012: DoS official Lamb demanded Tripoli not make formal request for SST extension or MSD security team
  • 9 Jul 2012: USEMB Tripoli requested cont’d security support for 60 days, but rec’d no reply from DoS
  • 21 Jul 2012: RSO Nordstrom warned DoS risk to U.S. officials in Libya is “HIGH”
  • 2 Aug 2012: Amb Stevens requested 11 additional personal security bodyguards–turned down
  • 5 Aug 2012: DoS ordered removal of Amb. Stevens’ 16-man SST
  • 8 Aug 2012: 11 of 16 members of Site Security Team under LTC Andrew Wood departed Libya per DoS orders over Embassy & LTC Wood objections
  • 8 Aug 2012: Remaining 5 SST members stayed at Base 27, 27 km outside of Tripoli, where they had been training Libyan security forces
  • 15 Aug 2012: USEMB Tripoli emergency meeting on security
  • 16 Aug 2012: Amb. Stevens/RSO sent cable to DoS, said SMC could not withstand coordinated assault
  • Late Aug 2012: AFRICOM offered additional security, but Stevens turned it down as DoS had refused all his requests

Competing Narratives: Blind Sheikh & ‘Innocence of Muslims’

  • 2 Aug 2012: Egypt made formal request that U.S. release Blind Sheikh
  • 30 Aug 2012: Gama’at al-Islamiyya called for 11 Sep 2012 protests at USEMB Cairo
  • 4 Sep 2012: Film producer phoned al-Youm al Sabaa (7th Day) WDC Coptic daily; emailed copy of film trailer
  • 6 Sep 2012: Gamel Girgis wrote 3-para article, called film ‘shocking’
  • 8 Sep 2012: Gama’at al-Islamiyya & EIJ joint statement threatening burn USEMB Cairo unless Blind Sheikh released
  • 8 Sep 2012: Libyan officials met w/Amb. compound reps–said unable to control militias
  • 9 Sep 2012: Arabic-language forum posted statement inciting Egyptians target USEMB Cairo re: Blind Sheikh release
  • 9 Sep 2012: Egyptian TV host aired clip of film, invited outrage
  • 9 Sep 2012: Al-Azhar Mufti condemned clip for ‘insulting the prophet’
  • 9 Sep 2012: Facebook pages appeared, calling for 9/11 protests; callers to USEMB Cairo (still clueless re: video)

10 September 2012

  • 10 Sep 2012: Ayman al-Zawahiri videotape called for Libyan revenge for June 2012 CIA drone killing of Abu Yahiya al-Libi in Afghan-Pakistan region
  • 10 Sep 2012: Amb. Chris Stevens traveled from Tripoli to Benghazi, along with Sean Smith and 5 DSS officers

 11 September 2012

  • 11 Sep 2012: Amb. Stevens warned DoS via cable re: deteriorating security situation in Benghazi
  • 11 Sep 2012: CNN Nic Robertson outside USEMB Cairo interviewing protesters, Mohamed al-Zawahiri re: Blind Sheikh
  • 11 Sep 2012, later: CNN began to push film narrative
  • 11 Sep 2012 (0643): Sean Smith saw uniformed Libyan police in bldg. across street taking photos of compound
  • (12:54:09 PM) vile_rat: assuming we don’t die tonight. We saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures
  • 11 Sep 2012: Anti-film protests broke out in Cairo, other places
  • 11 Sep 2012: Cairo Emb perimeter breached, US flag torn down/burned; black jihad flag raised in its place
  • 11 Sep 2012: Cairo Emb tweeted apologies for film
  • 11 Sep 2012 (1930-2030 LT): Turkish Consul General Akin dinner mtng w/Amb. Stevens
  • 11 Sep 2012 (NLT 2000 LT): Ansar al-Shariah forces set up wide cordon
  • 11 Sep 2012 (NLT 2000 LT): Neighbors told AP they could not move in or out of neighborhood after this time
  • 11 Sep 2012 (ca 2000 LT): Brits dropped off equipment at Amb. compound
  • 11 Sep 2012 (ca 2030 LT): Turkish ConGen departed SMC, left neighborhood, no problem, no warning to Amb. Stevens
  • 11 Sep 2012 (ca 2100 LT): Amb. Stevens & Sean Smith retired for evening
  • 11 Sep 2012 (2142 LT): attackers w/rifles, RPGs stormed Amb. Compound
  • 11 Sep 2012 (2142 LT): Amb. Stevens phoned DCM Greg Hicks at USEMB Tripoli to tell him “We’re being attacked”
  • 11 Sep 2012 (minutes after first gunfire): Libyan neighbor said he saw two vehicles drive out of SMC at high speed, packed with “white faces”
  • 11 Sep 2012 (shortly after attack began): DSS guard Scott Strickland with Amb. Stevens, Sean Smith inside safe room escaped through barred window, but car kept per SOP beneath window for E & E was not there
  • 11 Sep 2012 (1600 EST/2200 LT): Unarmed Predator drone diverted from Derna mission by RADM Landolt (AFRICOM J-3, Director of Operations)
  • 11 Sep 2012 (1622 EST): SecDef Panetta, Chm JCS Gen. Dempsey, AFRICOM CMDR Ham informed of attack
  • 11 Sep 2012 (2205 LT): Ty Woods, CIA Global Response Staff (GRS) departed CIA Annex to try to help Ambassador & staff
  • 11 Sep 2012 (2220): Annex GRS team retrieved Sean Smith’s body, cannot find Amb. Stevens, loaded DSS agents, returned to Annex under attack
  • 11 Sep 2012 (2220): GRS team told by Annex colleagues attackers at SMC using “DoS cell phones” during attack to communicate w/commanders
  • 11 Sep 2012 (1700 EST / 2310 LT): Drone arrived overhead Benghazi–video coverage from this point onward
  • 11 Sep 2012 (2330 LT): Glenn Doherty, 2 members SST, 2 USMC departed Tripoli in leased C-130
  • 11 Sep 2012 (2350 LT): CIA GRS arrived back at Annex, come under fire
  • 11 Sep 2012 (2354 Lib/1654 EST): DoS email said firing at SMC stopped
  • 11 Sep 2012 (1700 EST): Panetta, Dempsey met BHO, VP Biden at WH
  • 11 Sep 2012: Pentagon, combatant commands all learned of “terrorist attack”
  • 11 Sep 2012 (1740 EST): UnderSecState Patrick Kennedy refused request sent FEST to Libya
  • 11 Sep 2012 (1741 EST): SecState Clinton phoned CIA Director David Petraeus to coordinate
  • 11 Sep 2012 (1807 EST): DoS Ops Center email to WH, Pentagon, FBI re: Ansar al-Shariah claim of credit on FB, Twitter
  • 11 Sep 2012 (1900-2000 EST): Pres. Obama spoke w/Israeli PM Netanyahu about a political issue
  • 11 Sep 2012, (0200 Lib/ca 2000 EST: DCM Greg Hicks spoke by phone w/SecState Clinton & advisors
  • Hicks told them it was a terrorist attack, video was a “non-event” in Libya
  • 11 Sep 2012, ca 2200 EST: SecState Clinton on phone w/BHO
  • 11 Sep 2012, shortly after 2200 EST: DoS press release blamed video for Benghazi attack 

12 September 2012

  • 12 Sep 2012 (ca. midnight LT): Five members LTC Andy Wood’s Site Security Team at Base 27 outside Tripoli learn of attack
  • 12 Sep 2012 (early hours): Two of the five (SF Glenn Doherty, one Marine) join 3 others from Tripoli Embassy, leased C-130 plane, flew to Benghazi
  • 12 Sep 2012 (0100 LT): Amb. Stevens’ body found at SMC by Libyan casuals/looters, taken to Benghazi Medical Center
  • 12 Sep 2012 (0100-0230): Dr. Ziad Abu Zeid administered CPR, tried to revive Stevens, to no avail
  • 12 Sep 2013 (unknown): Amb Stevens body taken from hospital to Benghazi airport by unknown part[ies]
  • 12 Sep 2012 (0130): Tripoli rescue crew arrived Benghazi airport, where they are held up pending transportation for 3 hours by members of Libya Shield
  • 12 Sep 2012 (0311 LT/2111 EST): Per DoS email, WH contacted YouTube to warn ramifications of “Innocence of Muslims” video
  • 12 Sep 2012 (0430): Tripoli rescue crew arrived CIA Annex and joined fight
  • 12 Sep 2012 (0500): Final Ansar al-Shariah attack w/mortar; Ty Woods, Glenn Doherty killed on the roof; DSS agent David Ubbin, others gravely injured
  • 12 Sep 2012 (0615): 31 survivors, 3 bodies, depart Annex for Benghazi airport

The Day After: Cover-Up Begins

  • 12 Sep 2012 (0605 GT): DoD prepared C-17 for Libya
  • 12 Sep 2012 (1415 GT): C-17 departed Germany, Maj. Eric Stahl (USAF, ret.) pilot
  • 12 Sep 2012 (1917 LT): C-17 departed Tripoli en route Germany w/Benghazi survivors/wounded
  • 12 Sep 2012 (2319 GT): C-17 arrived Ramstein Airbase, Germany
  • 12 Sep 2012: US Ambassador to Germany (Philip D. Murphy) immediately took survivors for debriefing
  • 12 Sep 2012: CIA sent local Libyan agents to remove sensitive materials
  • Faraj al-Chalabi flew from Libya to Pakistan to meet w/AQ
  • 12 Sep 2012: Pres. Obama in Rose Garden: ‘no act of terror…’
  • 12 Sep 2012: Fleet Antiterrorism Support Team (FAST) based in Rota, Spain arrived Tripoli, Libya–ca. 50 Marines “trained in crisis response operations”–after first being forced to deplane, change out of uniforms
  • 13 Sep 2012: Pres. Obama phoned Morsi re: protests, need to protect USEMB Cairo
  • 13 Sep 2012: VTC–Morell told Libya Chief Of Station (COS)/Chief of Base demonstration preceded attack–burden of proof on COS
  • 14 Sep 2012 (early hours): DOD AFRICOM sent targeting memo to DoS, listing 11 suspects – 4 connected to AQIM, 7 connected to Ansar al-Shariah
  • 14 Sep 2012: Jay Carney “protests were in reaction to a video”
  • 14 Sep 2012: CNN found Amb. Stevens’ journal on floor of compound
  • 14 Sep 2012: Ty Woods’ funeral–SecState Clinton tells father “we’re going to arrest & prosecute” the man who made the video
  • 14 Sep 2012: POTUS notified Congress re: FAST deployment to Libya as per War Powers Act
  • FAST = Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team
  • 14 Sep 2012: Ben Rhodes email outlining cover-up points on video
  • 15 Sep 2012: Mike Morell, Chief CTC/CIA, rec’d email from COS Tripoli–no demonstrations
  • 15 Sep 2012: Deputies Committee Mtng; McDonough/NSC, DoS wanted changes in talking points
  • 15 Sep 2012: Morell edited talking points for Amb. Susan Rice, took out ‘AQ’, ‘terror attack,’ left in ‘demonstration’
  • 15-17 Sep 2012: FBI interviewed survivors–all called it ‘terrorist attack’
  • 16 Sep 2012: Libyan Pres. Mohamed Magariaf told Bob Schieffer, ‘Face the Nation’: “…no doubt…preplanned…pre-meditated months ago…”
  • 16 Sep 2012: Amb. Susan Rice lied to the nation on 5 Sunday talk shows re: film as cause of Benghazi attack
  • 17 Sep 2012: Tariq Ramadan condemned/blamed film for Benghazi at American Muslim website
  • 17 Sep 2012: Ahmed Rehab, ExecDir CAIR-Chicago on local radio re film, blamed film for anti-American protests
  • 18 Sep 2012: CIA, FBI reviewed CCTV video from Ambassador’s compound–no protests
  • 18 Sep 2012: FBI arrived in Tripoli to investigate (but did not go to Benghazi)
  • 18 Sep 2012: Jay Carney–“it was the video…precipitated some of the unrest in Benghazi”
  • 19 Sep 2012: Jay Carney–“do not yet have indication that it was pre-planned”
  • 19 Sep 2012: Matt Olson, NCTC to Senate Homeland Scty & Govt. Affair Chm. Sen. Joe Lieberman: “They were killed in the course of a terrorist attack on our embassy”

OIC & U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Agenda: Restrict Free Speech

  • 20 Sep 2012: American Muslim website published US-MB statements vs film, free speech
  • 20 Sep 2012: Pres. Obama in Univision TV interview blamed the video
  • 20 Sep 2012: Jay Carney admitted terrorism
  • 21 Sep 2012: SecState Clinton admitted terrorism, abandons video narrative
  • 24 Sep 2012: Pres. Obama appeared on The View & blamed the video
  • 25 Sep 2012: Pres. Obama UN speech cited film multiple times
  • 25 Sep 2012: Pres. Obama bowed to Islamic Law on slander: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam”
  • 25 Sep 2012: Pakistani PM Ali Zardari condemned freedom of expression
  • 26 Sep 2012: Egyptian Pres. Morsi rejected free speech, implied speech causes violence
  • 28 Sep 2012: Turkish FoMin Ahmet Davutoglu cited ‘Islamophobia…can no longer be tolerated under guise of freedom of expression…’
  • 29 Sep 2012: OIC SecGen Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu addressed Foreign Ministers at UN, blamed Benghazi on film, called to criminalize incitement to imminent violence based on religion or belief 

Fall-Out Proceeds

  • Oct 2012: John Brennan visited Libya
  • Oct 2012: CK visited Tripoli
  • 4 Oct 2012: SecState Clinton established Accountability Review Board
  • 6 Nov 2012: Obama re-elected
  • Nov 2012: Dir CTC/CIA Mike Morell & Amb. Susan Rice in closed door mtng w/Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)–Morell blamed FBI for altering talking points
  • Sen. Graham phoned FBI, which “went ballistic”–w/in 24 hrs., CIA admitted responsibility
  • 20 Nov 2012: Gen. David Petraeus resigned as CIA Director as Paula Broadwell scandal broke open
  • Diane Feinstein, Chair Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, complained that FBI Petraeus probe not briefed to Congress

 2013

  • 23 Jan 2013: SecState Clinton testified before Senate Foreign Relations Committee–“what difference does it make?”
  • 1 Feb 2013: Hillary Clinton resigned as SecState; John Kerry sworn in
  • Mar 2013: Faraj al-Chalabi returned to Libya from Pakistan; arrested
  • June 2013: Faraj al-Chalabi released for ‘lack of evidence’ even though USG has evidence he was involved in Benghazi attack planning

Clinton Team Gathers

  • 21 Jun 2013: Judicial Watch sued administration for Benghazi docs
  • 26 Jun 2013: Gen. Carter Ham testified behind closed doors to closed session of House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigation
  • Gen. Ham said he got phone call of “terrorist attack” & told Gen. Dempsey immediately
  • Aug 2013: House Committee on Oversight & Govt. Reform requested Benghazi emails

2014

  • 4 Mar 2014: Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), House Oversight Committee, sent letter to Atty. Gen. Holder asking why FBI investigation of Gen. David Petraeus remains open 18 mos. after initiated
  • 2 Apr 2014: Mike Morell testified before HPSCI he removed “Islamic terror” attack to avoid “inflaming” Muslim world
  • 18 Apr 2014: Federal court ordered administration to turn over Benghazi docs to Judicial Watch
  • 2 May 2014: Speaker John Boehner announced vote to form Select Committee on Benghazi
  • 5 May 2014: Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) named Chairman, Select Committee
  • 15 May 2014: Phil Kiko named Staff Director, Benghazi Select Committee
  • 21 May 2014: Democratic leadership named 5 Democrats to Select Committee

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