In my post earlier today, “Muslims rampage and kill a U.S. ambassador over this movie?,” I questioned whether yesterday’s Muslim attacks on the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt, and the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the killing of U.S. ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and three embassy staff, can really be attributed to a movie about Muhammad.
Now, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Michigan) confirms that the movie is just a cover. He told CBS News that a random mob isn’t behind the attack.
Elahe Izadi of National Journal writes that Congressman Rogers said: “This was a coordinated attack, more of a commando-style event. It had both coordinated fire — direct fire and indirect fire. There appeared to be military maneuvers approaching the facility.” Rogers also said that the attack was carried out by “an external group we believe has at least extremist ties, maybe al Qaeda ties.”
Citing Pentagon sources, this evening’s CBS Evening News calls the attacks not random mob events, but “well armed”, well-coordinated “terrorist” attacks timed for the anniversary of 9/11.
Below, courtesy of Reuters, are some pictures of the coordinated attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi (h/t ZeroHedge).