Benghazi attack suspect list expands to include Egyptians

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The list of suspects in the Libya terror attack now extends to a handful of  suspected militants aligned with an Egyptian group known as the Jamal Network,  Fox News has learned.

A U.S. official said the Jamal Network is committed to violence to attain its  political ambitions, adding they are “hard-core, violent extremists in Egypt who  are trying to develop a relationship with Al Qaeda.”

Fox News is told that there are between two- and three-dozen suspects  actively being investigated at any one time in connection with the Benghazi  attack. The suspect list is fluid, drawn from intelligence ranging from  intercepts to witness accounts, with new names being added and dropped on a  regular basis.

The majority of the suspects were described to Fox News as “locals” who come  from Libya and are followers of the group Ansar al-Shariah, which wants to  establish an Islamic state with adherence to strict Shariah law.

The additional suspects are being investigated after one Tunisian suspect,  Ali Ani al-Harzi, was first arrested in Turkey — after being identified through  telephone intercepts where he bragged to friends about his involvement — and  transferred to Tunisian custody. There is also at least one suspect with ties to  Al Qaeda in Iraq.

The radical ties of the suspects further raises questions about the degree of  planning that may have been involved in an attack initially described as  “spontaneous.”

The Jamal Network takes its name from Mohammed Jamal Abu Ahmed, who was  released from an Egyptian jail during the Arab Spring and is now trying to  establish himself as a leader in Jihadi circles. U.S. officials believe he  established training camps in Libya, and it was in these camps that some of the  fighters linked to the attack were trained.

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