**VIDEO FIXED** Carney: We had no reports of possible attacks ahead of time — but is it true?


This morning Carney was asked about the blockbuster claim that the White House had advance warning of attacks on Libya/Egypt, but he said categorically that claim is false:

According to the press that’s simply not true:

Ayman Al-Zawahri Also Called For Revenge For The Death Of A Senior Libyan Member Of The Terror Group Abu Yahya Al-Libi. “A pro-al Qaeda group responsible for a previous armed assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is the chief suspect in Tuesday’s attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya, sources tracking militant Islamist groups in eastern Libya say. They also note that the attack immediately followed a call from al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri for revenge for the death in June of a senior Libyan member of the terror group Abu Yahya al-Libi.” (Nic Robertson, “Pro-Al Qaeda Group Seen Behind Deadly Benghazi Attack,” CNN, 9/12/12)

USA Today: “Deadly Embassy Attacks Were Days In The Making” (USA Today, 9/12/12)

  • “The Protest Was Planned By Salafists Well Before News Circulated Of An Objectionable Video Ridiculing Islam’s Prophet…” “The protest was planned by Salafists well before news circulated of an objectionable video ridiculing Islam’s prophet, Mohammed, said Eric Trager, an expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.” (Sara Lynch And Oren Dorell, “Deadly Embassy Attacks Were Days In The Making,” USA Today, 9/12/12)
  • A Protest Outside The U.S. Embassy In Cairo Was Announced On August 30, 2012 To Protest The Imprisonment Of Their Spiritual Leader, Who Is Jailed For The 1993 World Trade Center Bombings. “The protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo was announced Aug. 30 by Jamaa Islamiya, a State Department-designated terrorist group, to protest the ongoing imprisonment of its spiritual leader, Sheikh Omar abdel Rahman. He is serving a life sentence in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.” (Sara Lynch And Oren Dorell, “Deadly Embassy Attacks Were Days In The Making,” USA Today, 9/12/12)

And I’ll add another to the mix (via Raymond Ibrahim on Sept. 10):

Jihadis Threaten to Burn U.S. Embassy in Cairo

Jihadi groups in Egypt, including Islamic Jihad, the Sunni Group, and Al Gamaa Al Islamiyya have issued a statement threatening to burn the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to the ground.

According to El Fagr, they are calling for the immediate release of the Islamic jihadis who are imprisonment and in detention centers in the U.S. including Guantanamo Bay: “The group, which consists of many members from al-Qaeda, called [especially] for the quick release of the jihadi [mujahid] sheikh, Omar Abdul Rahman [the “Blind Sheikh”], whom they described as a scholar and jihadi who sacrificed his life for the Egyptian Umma, who was ignored by the Mubarak regime, and [President] Morsi is refusing to intervene on his behalf and release him, despite promising that he would. The Islamic Group has threatened to burn the U.S. Embassy in Cairo with those in it, and taking hostage those who remain [alive], unless the Blind Sheikh is immediately released.”

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