State Dept on Benghazi: 'No Indication' al Qaeda Involved

A State Department spokesperson backed up what the New York Times is reporting: Calling the group that attacked the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, part of the al Qaeda network is a "gross oversimplification" of the group.
"We don't recognize them as an affiliate of core al Qaeda," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said regarding Ansar al-Sharia, the group reportedly involved in last year's Benghazi attack, in which four Americans were killed. "At this point we have no indication that core al Qaeda... directed or planned what happened in Benghazi," she added, knocking down what she called "blanket statements that the facts, quite frankly, don't back up."
Harf's remarks to reporters follow a New York Times investigation on Benghazi, which concluded that neither al Qaeda nor any international terrorist groups played a role in the attack.
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