And the weapons were sent from Qatar, not the United Arab Emirates. The UAE was the largest financier of these weapons shipments. Commission Member Clare Lopez was explicit in these details during her presentation: “The weapons came from various weapons dealers, primarily in Eastern Europe, such as Croatia, places like Bulgaria, and so forth,” she said. “They were paid for by the UAE, United Arab Emirates, primarily. And they were shipped through Qatar as the logistics hub where they were all put onto ships and the ships went to Libya for the rebels.”
This is key because NATO was controlling the air space and sea at the time, and had to wave the weapons shipments through in order for them to reach the Libyans. The U.S. government and its allies thereby became complicit in this arms shipment.
The dirty skimming deal by the TNC leadership led to an assassination, a key fact that some media present at the briefing missed—and a detail that leads us back to the Benghazi attacks.
A key defector from Qaddafi’s forces, General Fattah Younis, found out about the dirty arms deal; and Mustafa Jalil, head of the TNC, had him assassinated by sending a request to none other than Ahmed Abu Khattala, who is under sealed indictment for his role in the Benghazi, Libya attacks. “TNC head Mustafa Abdul-Jalil said Gen Abdel Fattah Younis was killed by assailants, and the head of the group responsible had been arrested,” reported BBC News in July 2011. “Mr. Jalil did not elaborate on the identity or motivations of the assailants. It is not clear where the attack took place.”
“The kill order went from the Muslim Brotherhood to al Qaeda, essentially, and it was carried out. [General] Younis was killed,” said Lopez. This establishes a command structure between the TNC and a group that the U.S. government now designates as a foreign terrorist organization, Ansar al Sharia.
The media have also, unfortunately, in some cases misrepresented the Commission’s membership and what its members have said. Rear Admiral Kubic (Ret.), who is the CCB source regarding the failed truce with Qaddafi, was described as a Commission member. He is not; he is one of our sources and an eyewitness to the failed Qaddafi truce talks. Admiral Kubic has a deep understanding of Libya and the Middle East, but he is not listed as a CCB member either on our website or in our interim report.
As for Admiral James Lyons (Ret.), he referred to a “confidential FBI informant” to support his “speculation” regarding the Blind Sheikh. This was translated into a “senior FBI source.” Lyons ascribes to the theory that Ambassador Chris Stevens was to be traded for the Blind Sheikh, but this view is not held by all CCB members. “We did not include that in our report, because we are not in agreement, all of us, about that,” said Lopez in a recent radio interview on the Jim Bohannon Show. The report was not written by Lopez, who contributed to it, as did other members of the Commission; and it was approved by all CCB Members.