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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Aaron Y. Zelin
Foreigners fueled by Islamic fury are rushing to Syria to fight President Bashar Assad at a faster rate than the flow of rebels into Afghanistan in the war against a Soviet-backed regime in the 1980s, analysts say.
Senior State Department, defense and intelligence officials were well aware that Benghazi and its surrounding area harbored al Qaeda-linked extremists long before the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in the eastern Libyan city.
Congressional Republicans on Wednesday spotlighted a newly revealed email that shows Obama administration officials were told within hours of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that an al-Qaeda-inspired militant group had claimed responsibility for the assault.
A State Department officer was killed and another injured Tuesday in separate attacks on a U.S. Consulate in Libya and the U.S. Embassy in Cairo by hard-line Islamic protesters angry about an anti-Islamic film.
Ten to 20 fighters have come from the United States, he said.
"They make you feel like you want to be a part of it, like you want to join them," he said. "It's very compelling, the way they do it. They're very good at proselytizing. They're posting all these pictures online, videos online of all these activities, providing free health care in some areas, providing fuel for people, food."