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Al Qaeda-Affiliated Group Assaulted U.S. Embassy in Tunis

10:19 AM, Jan 10, 2014 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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The State Department’s designation presumes that the various Ansar al Sharia groups are separate entities. Foggy Bottom says that Ansar al Sharia in Derna and Benghazi were created separately. This may be true, but it is clear that they both operate as part of the same “Ansar al Sharia Libya” today. That is the common name they operate under, and they post their propaganda through the same media wing. Their joint role in the Benghazi attack is enough to connect them.

In other words, there is plenty of evidence connecting the various Ansar al Sharia groups to one another, to the attacks in Benghazi and Tunis in September 2012, and to al Qaeda.

Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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