With the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, a little more than a week away, U.S. officials indicate that eleven commercial jetliners have fallen into the hands of Islamic extremists in Libya.
Being so close to the anniversary, intelligence agencies are concerned one or more of the airliners could be used in suicide runs similar to the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, according to The Washington Free Beacon.
“There are a number of commercial airliners in Libya that are missing,” an official said. “We found out on September 11 what can happen with hijacked planes.”
Adding to the concerns, September 11 will mark the second anniversary of the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that resulted in four dead Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
The Free Beacon reported that the Islamist militia group Libyan Dawn took control of Tripoli International Airport in late August — the airport has been closed since mid-July due to fighting.
As President Obama squeezed in yet another round of golf Sunday, a video turned up showing Libyan Dawn militants having a pool party of sorts at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, which it now controls — one jihadist is seen on the video diving into the a pool from a second-story balcony.
With the Obama administration on the sidelines, there have been reports that Egyptian military jets have been attacking the militant group, but Egypt denies those reports, according to the Free Beacon.
The Obama administration just lifted long established restrictions on U.S. flight and nuclear science training for Libyans. Despite the unrest there, Homeland Security said the regulations were no longer necessary because the U.S. and Libya have normalized relations.
As news of the missing airliners circulated on social media, Twitter users could not hold back their skepticism that Obama is up to the latest challenge facing America:
What “leading from behind” + no foreign policy gets u: 11 commercial jets missing after Islamist takeover of Tripoli: http://t.co/MVE0OYkwMH
— Brad Thor (@BradThor) September 2, 2014
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) September 2, 2014
Of course Obama is out of town when this story drops. http://t.co/6tzWsYNR4T “I read about it in the news just like you”
— FloridaJayhawk (@HouseCracka) September 2, 2014
Obama & Hillary ruin Libya. Islamists take over. Chaos. Now wackos have stolen 11 airliners. What happens next? http://t.co/gOgYZpTD7z
— Roger Kimball (@rogerkimball) September 3, 2014
11 airliners missing. The UK raises it’s threat level. King Abdullah tells us to watch out, and the US does nothing. I’m officially scared.
— RoyalObsessedinU.S. (@RoyalObsessed) September 3, 2014
Obama Lifts Ban on Libyans Attending U.S. Flight Schools, Training In Nuke Science. Then this happens. I wonder… http://t.co/rsaxX1bY54
— Barry Jowers (@RealBarryJowers) September 3, 2014