Most U.S. major print and broadcast media, usually relishing intrigue and mystery disappearances --- especially with the 9/11 anniversary on Thursday --- took a rain check in reporting 11 commercial jet airliners vanishing from Libya’s Tripoli International Airport after an Islamist militia took control, notes Grumpy Editor.
Free Beacon writer Bill Gertz on Tuesday revealed, “Intelligence reports of the stolen jetliners were distributed within the U.S. government over the past two weeks and included a warning that one or more of the aircraft could be used in an attack later this month on the date marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against New York and Washington, said U.S. officials familiar with the reports.”
A number of Web sites picked up the information, mentioning the possibility of suicide attacks utilizing aircraft.
London’s Daily Mail pointed out the 11 commercial jets from state-owned carriers Libyan Airlines and Afriqiyah Airways went missing in August after militants overran the airport.
Sept. 11 marks the 13th anniversary of terrorist attacks by airliners in the U.S. and the second anniversary of the raid on the U.S. Ambassador's compound in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans were killed, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
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