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More on Ansar al-Sharia
Ansar al-Sharia (English: Partisans of Sharia) is an Islamist militia group advocating the implementation of strict Sharia law across Libya, coming into being during the fractious Libyan Civil War. A variety of news sources have identified them as a terrorist organization having deliberately targeted both Libyan and American civilians, including taking part in the 2012 Benghazi attack.
The US State Department background on Ansar al Sharia
The US State Department announced January 10, 2014 that it has added three chapters of Ansar al Sharia, as well as three of the groups' leaders, to the government's terrorist designation lists. Ansar al Sharia groups in Benghazi, Derna, and Tunisia were designated as foreign terrorist organizations, as well as specially designated global terrorist entities.
The three Ansar al Sharia leaders, Sufian Ben Qumu, Ahmed Abu Khattalah, and Seifallah Ben Hassine (a.k.a. Abu Iyad al Tunisi), were also added to the list of specially designated global terrorists.
Ben Qumu is described as "the leader" of Ansar al Sharia Derna, while Khattalah is "a senior leader" of Ansar al Sharia in Benghazi. Seifallah Ben Hassine is the founder of Ansar al Sharia in Tunisia.
The State Department says that Ansar al Sharia Tunisia "is ideologically aligned with al Qaeda and tied to its affiliates, including AQIM" (Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb). The designation confirms The Long War Journal's reporting on Ansar al Sharia Tunisia's connections to the al Qaeda network.
Charles Faddis, Senior Intelligence Editor, Former Cia Operative, Host Of Uscs: Charles S. Faddis, President of Orion Strategic Services, LLC is a former CIA operations officer with twenty years of experience in the conduct of intelligence operations in the Middle East, South Asia and Europe. He has worked against the most dangerous terrorist organizations on the planet and has extensive firsthand experience with their methodology and tactics. His last assignment prior to retirement in May of 2008 was as head of the CIA's terrorist Weapons of Mass Destruction unit. He... (more...)