Libya Threat Present Well Before Embassy Attack

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A massive car comb took the lives of at least a dozen people in Afghanistan Tuesday, including several foreigners.

Kabul police say a car filled with explosives rammed into a minivan carrying eight South Africans on a main road leading to Kabul's airport. A female bomber was said to be involved.

The Islamist terrorist group Hizb-i-Islami took responsibility for the dawn attack in an email to The Associated Press, claiming it was revenge for an anti-Islam film that ridicules the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

"Americans have not taken any serious steps for peace," Hizb-i-Islami spokesman Haroon Zarghoon said. "They killed civilians in Laghman two days ago who had gone to cut wood."

"When the Americans show they are serious about talks and a solution, we will talk peace then," he continued.

Still, there's some skepticism that the low budget, American-made movie is motivating all of the recent protests across the Middle East.

Afghanistan is now in its second day of protests -- some peaceful, others violent.

The anti-American tension there is so serious, NATO changed its strategy on the battlefield in response to the huge number of insider attacks. Coalition soldiers will no longer go on joint patrols with Afghans unless a senior general gives them permission.

However, NATO commanders claim the new strategy is only temporary.

"I don't think that these attacks indicate that the Taliban is stronger," U.S. Secretary of Defense Leo Panetta said.

But does all the recent anger and violence across the Muslim world, which began on 9/11, stem entirely from the anti-Islam film produced in the United States? Or is it the result of a coordinated attack by al Qaeda?

An intelligence source on the ground in Libya told Fox News there was no protest outside the U.S. consulate in Benghazi prior to last week's attack, which took the lives of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

The information challenges the Obama administration's claim that last week's deadly attack grew out of a "spontaneous" protest against the anti-Islam film.

CBN News Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck called Benghazi an al Qaeda "hot spot" and agrees that there was threat there well before the film's release.

"For the Obama administration to continue to argue that these attacks were just spontaneous flies in the face of reality," Stakelbeck said.

"One day before the attacks, Ayman al-Zawahri -- who's al Qaeda's global leader -- specifically called for al Qaeda attacks in Libya," he explained. "One day later we see those attacks."

Meanwhile, conflict in the Mideast is leading to rising gas prices in the U.S.

Prices usually decline after Labor Day, but instead they now stand at an average of $3.87 a gallon.

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