U.S. seeks to interview detained Egyptian jihadist in Benghazi probe
A vehicle sits in flames after the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11.
December 8th, 2012
05:11 PM ET

U.S. seeks to interview detained Egyptian jihadist in Benghazi probe

By Susan Candiotti, Ross Levitt and Mohamed Fadel Fahmy

American authorities are examining whether the leader of a post-revolution terror network in Egypt played a role in the September 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, according to a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the investigation.

Muhamed Jamal Abu Ahmed has been detained by Egyptian authorities; however, the FBI has not yet had access to him, the official said.

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FBI to question suspect in Benghazi attack
The damage inside the burnt U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.
November 3rd, 2012
08:02 PM ET

FBI to question suspect in Benghazi attack

From Susan Candiotti and Ross Levitt

The FBI is expected to question a suspect in the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, "in the coming days," according to a U.S. government official with direct knowledge of the investigation.

The United States first became aware of Ali Ani al Harzi when he apparently posted details of the attack on social media while it was happening.

At the request of the United States, Turkish officials detained al Harzi when he entered that country after leaving Libya. Turkey then transferred him to Tunisia, where he is being held.

"We are very pleased the Tunisian government is working with American investigators to allow in person access to Ali Ani al Harzi. Under this arrangement the interviews will be under Tunisian supervision and consistent with their sovereignty and meets the needs of our investigative team," U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Saxby Chambliss said in a statement Saturday.

Read the full CNN.com story here.

October 5th, 2012
03:13 PM ET

Tunisians questioned regarding possible role in Benghazi attack

By Susan Candiotti and Ross Levitt:

Two Tunisians are being questioned in Turkey at the request of U.S. authorities as possible suspects in the terrorist attack that killed four Americans at the U.S consulate in Benghazi, according to a U.S. official with knowledge of the investigation.  The Tunisians were on a watch list provided by the U.S. to Turkish authorities and entered the country this week, the source says.

The FBI has not had access to the Tunisians yet, according to the source, but “that’s the hope.”  The source was unable to confirm whether the suspects entered Turkey using fake passports, as has been reported by Turkish media.

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Filed under: Libya • Terrorism • Turkey
February 15th, 2012
04:25 PM ET

Worries that Iran could target U.S. Jewish groups

By Carol Cratty, with reporting from Ross Levitt and Dugald McConnell

With tensions between Iran and the West running high, law enforcement officials are concerned Iran or its surrogates could mount attacks against Jewish targets inside the United States - but there is no specific information that any plots are in the works, according to an intelligence bulletin obtained by CNN.

On February 8, the Department of Homeland Security and FBI sent state and local law enforcement partners a memo titled "No Specific Threat to American Jewish Community, Despite Recent World Events." FULL POST