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Dueling Headlines; ‘Al Qaeda, other terror orgs not involved in Benghazi attack’ edition

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By Doug Powers  •  January 5, 2014 04:00 PM

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Jumping right in, our first headline comes from a story that got a lot of coverage a few days ago. Headline via USA Today:

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Hillary Clinton least hardest hit.

The NYT investigation found no evidence linking Al Qaeda or other terror organizations to the Benghazi attack, and found that the attack was “largely” the result of anger about a YouTube video (I’m expecting a follow-up NYT report to also cite “affluenza” and “cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs” as other possible motivating factors).

Today’s Dueling Headline is from the Washington Free Beacon/Bill Gertz and was published the day before yesterday:

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That can’t be possible — doesn’t the U.S. government read the New York Times?

Gertz adds:

The identification of Jamal as an al Qaeda member linked to the Benghazi attack contradicts a recent New York Times investigative report that concluded there was no evidence al Qaeda or foreign terrorists were behind the Benghazi attack that is currently the subject of several congressional inquiries.

From a Reuters article in October, here’s the person in question:

The U.S. State Department on Monday named the Muhammad Jamal Network and its founder, Egyptian Muhammad Jamal, as “specially designated global terrorists,” a status that freezes any assets they have under U.S. jurisdiction.

In a statement, the department said Jamal trained with al Qaeda and learned how to build bombs in Afghanistan in the 1980s and returned to Egypt in the 1990s, becoming head of the operational wing of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, then led by Ayman al-Zawahiri, who is the current leader of al Qaeda.

Even the U.N. Security Council has cited Jamal’s reported involvement with the Benghazi attack:

QI.A.318.13 Name: 1: MUHAMMAD 2: JAMAL 3: ABD-AL RAHIM AHMAD 4: AL-KASHIF
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Other information: Trained in Afghanistan in the late 1980s with Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01) to make bombs. Former top military commander of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (QE.A.3.01). Since 2011, established Muhammad Jamal Network (MJN) (QE.M.136.13) and terrorist training camps in Egypt and Libya. Conducted MJN’s terrorist activities with support from Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) (QE.A.129.10). Reported to be involved in the attack on the United States Mission in Benghazi, Libya, on 11 Sep. 2012.

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