The world of Islamic terrorism is a strange shadowy place full of alliances between enemies. Iran does try to stick its finger in every possible pie and it would have an obvious reason to sabotage any relationship between the US and an oil state.
We’ve seen a number of behind the scenes Benghazi explanations. This is another one.
As a radical Islamic army marches across Iraq, America is making a deal with the devil. Qassem Suleymani, the head of Iran’s secretive Quds Force, is allied with us in Baghdad — but he’s plotted to kill Americans elsewhere.
The CIA Annex in Benghazi housed an NSA listening post that secretly monitored communications of jihadi groups.
Late in the afternoon on Monday, July 30, 2012, the Annex ears picked up chatter in Persian between a pair of operators from Quds Force.
The NSA translator brought an English transcript of their conversation to the chief of base. He laughed when he read through it. “It looks like our boys are on time,” he said.
The chief of base had been given intelligence that Iran would send operatives into the area. He tasked several agents in his employ who worked for the Zintan militia, which ran the Benghazi airport, with tracking the seven Iranians scheduled to arrive that day from Tripoli.
In fact, my Iranian sources said, their orders were to kidnap or kill the US ambassador to Libya, to send a message to the United States that they could act against them at will anywhere and at any time in the Middle East.
There’s a lot more to this story which you can read at the New York Post. I don’t know whether it’s true or not. But at least it’s the only kidnapping scenario that makes sense. Iran did have a thing for kidnapping US diplomats.
Unlike Al Qaeda which tends to get directly down to business.
That said, I never really thought that kidnapping was a particularly plausible scenario here. There were easier and more reliable ways to do that. And Benghazi can’t be viewed in isolation. It was part of a series of regional attacks against US facilities.