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Abu Ahmed, also known as Mohammed Jamal, is suspected of establishing Islamist training camps in Eastern Libya where militants who took part in the Sept. 11 Benghazi terrorist attack were able to train.
Ahmed is not suspected of directly taking part in the attack which left four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, dead. But this is at least the second time U.S. interrogators have been denied access to a suspect held by a foreign government.
In January, Tunisian authorities released Ali Ani al-Harzi, who is suspected of taking part in the attack, citing a lack of evidence. FBI agents finally got access to al-Harzi after the personal intervention of Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.
Thomas Joscelyn, with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said some of the militants Ahmed helped train “directly took part” in the Benghazi attack.
“As early as 2011, he was setting up training camps inside eastern Libya as early as 2011 … and they were drawing in recruits from around North Africa and Egypt — if you bring them in, train them in terms of how to operate mortars and various types of heavy artillery, and it’s that type of artillery that was used in the attack in Benghazi.”
Joscelyn, who was the first to report the access problem, said he’s been told U.S. officials have asked the Egyptians for access to the suspect but were denied by the Egyptian authorities. “The Egyptians like to control the interrogations and interviews of these suspects for their own reasons and of course the Americans should want access for our purposes as well,” he said. Neither the CIA nor FBI provided comment on the record about this latest case.
Separately, sources familiar with the case told Fox News that Egyptian authorities have been providing to U.S. authorities information from their own investigation of Ahmed Read Complete Store Here:
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