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1/ Six yrs after US consulate attack in Benghazi, I got NEW FOOTAGE.

In Benghazi I identified 17 extremists seen near/in consulate during attack.

6 out of 17 are in vid.

Witnesses say: Most of 17 killed/fled city. 1 lives in Berlin. 1 might be in Sweden
2/ As you know by now, my tv report for @akhbar is in Arabic.

But please do follow this thread where I will tweet out the relevant details in English.

3/ Ten days ago I left Benghazi where I spent 3 weeks.

Ansar al-Sharia, the terrorist group that attacked US consulate on 11 Sept 2012 is now dismantled, defeated by Libyan army.

Although it happened 6 yrs ago, I used my time in #Benghazi to re-investigate the attack.

4/ Before I continue, let me remind u that in Oct 2012 @HaraldDoornbos & I already found docs between rubble of consulate which showed that consulate staff was worried about their safety prior to the 11Sept 2012 attack.

Here that story in @ForeignPolicy:…
5/ Back to today's #Benghazi investigation:

Through source, I found new footage of 2012 consulate attack. Footage is 4.26 min.

Person who filmed footage remembers he shot first images around 21.45 hrs - basically shortly before attack. Rest of footage from later that evening.
6/ As you can see in this new Benghazi footage, in the beginning the crowd largely consists of 4 groups:

a/ Unarmed protesters, b/ unarmed looters, c/ unarmed bystanders, d/ armed terrorists.

For this report I was mainly interested in category d/, the armed militants.

7/ This new footage is important cause it's one of few vids where u can see faces.

Consulate attack happened in evening, most videos blurry. And Ansar al Sharia hunted down people who openly filmed that night.

So this footage was a good starting point for my report.

8/ When I got the new #Benghazi footage, I did the following:

Through sources I identified unarmed bystanders who appear in video.

I traced them in Benghazi &talked to them. I showed them the footage &asked if they knew other witnesses or if they recognize extremists in video.
9/ So @HaraldDoornbos and I drove in #Benghazi from house to house, sometimes in middle of the night.

Every time we spoke to another witness, they mentioned identity of new witnesses or names of extremists who they saw during 2012 consulate attack.

10/ Some witnesses we met in Benghazi were scared.

#Benghazi attack is of course hugely sensitive subject, not only in the U.S.

Some witnesses worried about possible retaliation by Ansar al Sharia sleeper cells, who have threatened consulate attack witnesses before.

11/ Eventually after talking in #Benghazi to many witnesses &based on multiple confirmations, I was able to identify 17 extremists who were present during attack on U.S. consulate on night of 11 Sept 2012.

Almost all belong to the terrorist group Ansar al Sharia.

12/ Six out of the 17 extremists, who I identified, appear in new footage. Some are carrying arms. At least one is holding a black bag with looted documents from U.S. consulate.

In our story, we chose to only publish their initials. Their full names are known to us.

13/ The 6 #Benghazi extremists who appear in footage are:

1/ T. B. H. - He lived in Sweden before Libya uprising, was judge in Islamic court in Benghazi's area of Guwarsha during Ansar alSharia rule of city. Current whereabouts unknown. Sources claim he might be back in Sweden.
14/ More #Benghazi extremists who appear in the new footage are:

2/ E. O. - Member of Ansar al Sharia. He was killed in Benghazi during clashes between extremists and Libyan army in 2015.

3/ A. K. - Prominent member of Ansar al Sharia. Current whereabouts unknown.

15/ Fourth Benghazi extremist in footage:

4/ M. - Member of Ansar alSharia. U can see him walking on consulate grounds carrying looted goods. His whereabouts unknown.

His brother, S.M., left to Syria &joined Jabhat al Nusra. Killed by army during clashes after return to Libya.
16/ Last extremists in footage:

5/ F. Z. - Owner of car locally called "Toyota Taliban". Ansar alSharia member.

6/ M.M.S - Ansar alSharia member. Sits next to F.Z. in car. Acc to witnesses, his brother K.S. also attended consulate attack. Brother now lives in Berlin, Germany.
17/ Above was basically a summary of the main points of my #Benghazi story.

In following tweets a couple of points I would like to make, based on studying the new Benghazi footage I obtained.

18/ Much has been said about this: Did a protest take place prior to attack on US consulate in Benghazi or not?

New footage I got shows there was indeed a small protest (50 ppl) shortly before attack. But as footage shows, protest NOT in front of consulate but 670 meters to east
19/ I took 1 screenshot of the protest from video. Check the background: Wall partly covered with green plants.

It's same as the location where I parked my car when I was in #Benghazi recently. (see 2 screenshots)

Protest site &consulate entrance around 670 meters apart.
20/ Important to note that there were armed men among small number of protesters. A witness told me: "One guy climbed on car &fired RPG from crowd towards consulate."

Then armed men started attack on consulate, which is 670 meters down the road. (RPG firing not caught on tape.)
21/ Last thing I want to share from #Benghazi. Not hugely important but nevertheless interesting fact to know: 2 vehicles (1 DS, 1 CIA) were used in evacuation from consulate.

An eyewitness I met in Benghazi saw that. Acc to him, they didn't exit from main gate but from here 👇
22/ That's it from me on the #Benghazi story. Hope you find this thread interesting.

Good night from Dubai.

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Sep 17, 2018
1/ Much cultural heritage was destroyed in Mid-East. Look at Palmyra, Mosul...

Luckily ancient Greek city of Cyrene in east Libya was spared.

We took a drone to Cyrene +horse tracks of Benghazi +ruins of Susa.

Fly with me above a Libya u don't often see
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Luckily ISIS/Qaeda never reached it but were kept near to Derna, around 60 km to the east. Nothing in Cyrene was vandalized.

The tribe of Shahhat protects this historic site.

3/ These days Cyrene is open to the public.

Not a lot of foreign visitors due to Libya's problems but many local people visit it.

I wouldn't say it was crowded but I saw around 100 visitors in one afternoon.

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As world focused on ISIS in Raqqa& Mosul, another city was destroyed: Benghazi.

After ISIS &AlQaeda took city in 2014, Libyan army fought extremists &defeated them end 2017.

Price of victory high.

Our drone footage shows what's left of center Benghazi

2/ I have to tell you that when I recently arrived in Benghazi, I was really shocked by the destruction of the city.

Much worse than I thought it was.

As you can see in our drone video, center is fully destroyed during fighting between extremists & army.

Very painful to see.
3/ I had tears in my eyes seeing Benghazi like this. I can't even start to explain to you how the people feel.

This is for example the now destroyed court building.

This was the center of 2011 uprising against Ghadaffi. It was blown up by Al-Qaeda group Ansar al Sharia.
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1/ I spent 3 weeks in east #Libya.

We were 1st foreign journalists to enter Derna after Libyan army began operation to clear city from ISIS, AlQaeda etc.

Army now controls large parts of Derna but extremists still in old city.

We took drone with us.

2/ Happy to be safe after 3 weeks in east Libya. Difficult area to reach.

I met great people in Benghazi. Thank u all for keeping me safe &helping me get great stories.

I'll update this Derna-thread in English later today. But 1st let me call my mom that I'm okay.

3/ As East Libya is largely forgotten by int media, a bit of context:

Benghazi was center of Libyan uprising in 2011. After Gaddafi’s fall, extremists took advantage of the chaos.

From 2012-2014 Al-Qaeda +ISIS linked groups started reign of terror in Benghazi +Derna.

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1/ After recent gains by Syrian regime, all eyes now on Idlib.

Via intermediary I got in touch with 3 European jihadists in Idlib. I sent my questions+fixer to Idlib.

Jihadists expect an attack &say they'll fight till end.

My story, English subtitles.👇
2/ It's difficult to reach foreign jihadists in Idlib. And even more difficult to record interviews with them.

The 3 foreign fighters in Idlib I got in touch with via intermediary are from Holland (2) &from Belgium (1).

They've been in Syria 5+ yrs.


3/ The foreign jihadists in Idlib answered my questions in Dutch &Flemish. They also know Arabic.

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Here is same story but with Arabic subtitles. @akhbar
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Here my story for @akhbar

It's in Arabic but in thread I'll explain in English
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a. Restrictive laws mainly meant to control local female population in ISIS parts of Syria.

b. Rulings regarding behavior of ISIS-female members. What work can ISIS-women do? Can ISIS-women fight? Etc.

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This was actually my view from top of the horse. How beautiful.
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