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.
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.
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.
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