From the transfer of remains ceremony Friday for the four Americans killed in Benghazi this week:
Al-Qaeda said the deadly attack on the US consulate in Benghazi in Libya was in revenge for the killing of the network’s number two Sheikh Abu Yahya al-Libi, the SITE Intelligence Group reported on Saturday.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) also called for more violent demonstrations against US embassies in the Middle East and Africa, and urged Muslims in the West to attack American interests in their countries of residence.
“The killing of Sheikh Abu Yahya only increased the enthusiasm and determination of the sons of (Libyan independence hero) Omar al-Mukhtar to take revenge upon those who attack our Prophet,” AQAP said in a statement, quoted by the US-based monitoring group.
Take that for what it’s worth, but recall that al-Libi was killed in an American drone strike approved by Barack Obama– which may make it harder for some to suggest that the Benghazi attack came as a result of perceived American “weakness.”