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Al-Qaeda claims responsibility for killing US ambassador in attack on US consulate in Libya | The Times of Israel.

Terror group says assault was response to US drone strike in Pakistan that killed its Libyan-born number two

By and September 15, 2012, 7:10 pm 1
A Libyan man walks through the rubble of the damaged US Consulate in Benghazi after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, on the night of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 (photo credit: AP/Mohammad Hannon)

A Libyan man walks through the rubble of the damaged US Consulate in Benghazi after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, on the night of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 (photo credit: AP/Mohammad Hannon)

Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility on Saturday for Tuesday’s attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, in which US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed.

The terror group said the assault was timed to coincide with the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and executed in response to a US drone strike in Pakistan that killed the organization’s number two, Abu Yahya al-Libi.

Libi was a Libyan national who served as lieutenant to Ayman al-Zawahiri, the head of al-Qaeda.

Eastern Libya’s deputy interior minister, Wanis el-Sharef, said Friday that four people had been arrested in connection with the attack.

In an audio recording released to coincide with the 9/11 anniversary, Zawahiri asserted an Islamic duty to “liberate” every inch of Muslim lands, and called upon Muslims to “purify” their countries of corrupt leaders during what he termed a period of “American weakness.” Muslims should “topple the western proxies” left in their countries “and especially the Saud clan and the gulf sheiks in the Arabian peninsula,” he declared.

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