Ansar al Sharia in Libya’s branch in Benghazi released 10 photographs today that show 14 fighters at a training camp located in or near the city. The photographs display the uniformed fighters training with weapons, in hand-to-hand combat, and in a classroom setting. One photo shows what appears to be a leader of the group or a trainer. His identity was not disclosed and his face was digitally distorted.
Each of the photos are captioned as follows:
“This is the latest class of the protectors of the Shariah and the opposers of injustice graduating from the mujahideen training camps to join their brothers in the battlefronts in order to complete the journey of jihad.”
The United Nations Security Council added Ansar al Sharia in Libya to its al Qaeda sanctions list in November 2014. At the time, the UN noted that the Benghazi and Derna factions are “Entities and other groups associated with Al Qaeda.”
For more information on Ansar al Sharia’s links to al Qaeda, see the following LWJ reports:
- UN recognizes ties between Ansar al Sharia in Libya, al Qaeda
- State Department designates 3 Ansar al Sharia organizations, leaders
- Senate report: Terrorists ‘affiliated’ with multiple al Qaeda groups involved in Benghazi attack
- Ex-Guantanamo detainee remains suspect in Benghazi attack
- Al Qaeda and the threat in North Africa
- From al Qaeda in Italy to Ansar al Sharia Tunisia
- Al Qaeda ally orchestrated assault on US Embassy in Tunisia
- Al Qaeda’s plan for Libya highlighted in congressional report
Photographs of Ansar al Sharia’s camp in Banghazi:
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