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Senate report: Terrorists 'affiliated' with multiple al Qaeda groups involved in Benghazi attack

A newly released report by the Senate Intelligence Committee notes that terrorists "affiliated" with al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the Muhammad Jamal Network, and Ansar al Sharia took part in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.


State Department designates 3 Ansar al Sharia organizations, leaders

The State Department has designated three Ansar al Sharia organizations. Two of them were involved in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya and the third was involved in the Sept. 14, 2012 assault on the US Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia. The State Department says Ansar al Sharia Tunisia is "tied" to al Qaeda's affiliates, including al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.


Ex-Guantanamo detainee remains suspect in Benghazi attack

Qhumu_Ben.jpgMore than one year after the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, a former Guantanamo detainee remains a key suspect.


Suicide bomber strikes security checkpoint near Benghazi, Libya

For the first time since the Libyan revolution, a suicide bomber attacked Libyan security forces. At least several Libyan soldiers were reportedly killed. No group has claimed responsibility, but the Libyan Army has blamed Ansar al Sharia.


Latest Treasury designation targets al Qaeda's fundraising network

A newly released terrorist designation by the Treasury Department highlights the extent and cohesion of al Qaeda's global fundraising network. Treasury reports that Ayman al Zawahiri's main representative in the Levant, Abu Khalid al Suri, has been funneling cash from Gulf donors to al Qaeda.


Ansar al Sharia battles security forces in Benghazi

For the past few days, Ansar al Sharia has been battling Libyan security forces in the city of Benghazi. More than one year after the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the US mission, the al Qaeda-linked Ansar al Sharia remains a potent force.


Suicide bomber strikes in Tunisia

A suicide bomber blew himself up in the coastal city of Sousse earlier today. According to Tunisian officials, the bombing was part of a planned wave of attacks. No group has claimed the attack, but it comes after weeks of escalating violence between Ansar al Sharia and the Tunisian government.


Ansar al Sharia Libya denounces capture of top al Qaeda operative

Ansar al Sharia Libya has issued a statement saying "we must seek to release the captive brother" Abu Anas al Libi, who was seized by US forces on Oct. 5.


Ansar al Sharia responds to Tunisian government

In a new statement, Ansar al Sharia claims it is organizationally independent, but confirms its "loyalty" to al Qaeda. The Tunisian government claimed last week that the group is closely linked to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.


Tunisian government: Ansar al Sharia is a terrorist organization

The Tunisian government has labeled Ansar al Sharia a terrorist organization. The group's leaders, including Seifallah ben Hassine, have longstanding ties to al Qaeda and terrorism. Ben Hassine has been identified as the "mastermind" of the Sept. 14, 2012 attack on the US Embassy in Tunis.


US closes diplomatic facilities in response to al Qaeda threat

The State Department said 21 US embassies and consulates will be closed on Sunday, Aug. 4, in response to a suspected threat from an al Qaeda affiliate. No specific details about the threat have been provided. Al Qaeda-linked jihadists assaulted multiple diplomatic facilities in September 2012.


Tunisian government alleges longtime jihadist involved in assassinations

boubaker el hakim.jpgTunisian officials have accused a longtime jihadist, who fought in Iraq, of being involved in two high-profile assassinations. The Tunisian government also alleged that some of the perpetrators "belong to Ansar al Sharia."


Letter from Nasr City cell member posted by Ansar al Sharia Egypt

Ansar al Sharia Egypt posted a letter in June from Tariq Abu-al-Azm, a former major in the Egyptian air force who is accused of being part of the Nasr City cell. The cell has multiple ties to al Qaeda.


Mohammed al Zawahiri rejects 'filthy market of democracy'

Mohammed al Zawahiri and two of his Egyptian jihadist allies have issued a statement criticizing the Democratic Jihad Party. "Jihad and Democracy are opposites and don't mix," they say.


Tensions continue to escalate in Tunisia

The Tunisian government has interfered in Ansar al Sharia Tunisia's events and may refuse to grant the group permission to hold its third annual congress. Ansar al Sharia's leaders have responded with statements condemning the Ennahda regime.


Al Qaeda in Iraq leader's fate highlighted in Facebook postings

Jihadist social media sites are asking supporters to pray for Abdullah Azzam al Qahtani, an al Qaeda in Iraq leader who admittedly proposed an attack against the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Al Qahtani, the sites say, was scheduled to be executed inside Iraq this week.


War of words escalates in Tunisia

Abu Iyad Message Captured 13-3-26.jpgTunisia's prime minister accused Abu Iyad al Tunisi, the head of Ansar al Sharia Tunisia, of being "deeply involved" in violence and arms trafficking. Abu Iyad, in turn, released a statement threatening to "direct our war against" members of the Ennahda government.


Tunisian 'martyrs' celebrated by Ansar al Sharia

The head of Ansar al Sharia Tunisia has said that foreign jihads have "emptied Tunisia of its young," but his group's Facebook page openly celebrates the "martyrdom" of Tunisians killed while fighting in Syria.


Ansar al Sharia Tunisia launches new website

After having its official Facebook page repeatedly deleted, Ansar al Sharia Tunisia has launched its own website.


Ansar al Sharia Tunisia releases video of freed Benghazi suspect

harzi1.jpgThis is the third time that Ansar al Sharia Tunisia has used social media to update Ali Ani al Harzi's case. In December, the group prayed for his release and published photos of the FBI agents who interviewed him.
 
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