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Thank you -- -- out of the group reportedly behind the attack in -- -- the number two diplomat in Libya at the time saying that.
He and many others knew it was terrorism from the moment it happened great -- talked about receiving several phone calls that night.
About ambassador Christopher Stephens who is missing at the time.
Being at a hospital.
And who ran the hospital.
Caused degrade hicks some serious concern.
At this point.
This response team looks like it may be.
A hostage rescue -- That they are going to we have we are going to need to send them.
To try to save the ambassador who was in a hospital that is.
As far as we know under enemy control because.
We knew separately from David that the investor was in the hospital.
That we believe was under -- -- -- is called we we suspected that we were being.
Baited into a trap.
And so we did not want to us and our people.
Into an ambush.
And we didn't we sent them to.
-- Keep your promises residency Africa's tenor at the Atlantic Council looks at all of these groups especially in North Africa Peter what do we need to know about on Sasha -- Well Jenna.
Ansar Al Sharia is a name that's commonly used for a variety of groups that share a common ideology.
Modus operandi although -- separate they've cropped up first and Yemen in 2011.
Then in Libya -- later that same year and that they've no shown up also in Tunisia and Egypt.
And they're inspired by a slightly different model -- the al-Qaeda would strike you.
Unify all the jihadist groups into one global entity instead you have local groups operating locally but sharing a common.
Global ideology of violent extremism.
And in Libya the group is headed by two fellows are well known to.
The counterterrorism community a guy named Abu -- on I'll -- Ku mu.
Who was a former -- dead -- audible until he was released in 2007.
Sent back to Libya.
And from there are -- disappeared informed.
This group along with another fellow named Mohammed Al -- -- hot week who was a prisoner of -- until the Libyan revolutions and he was another Islamist extremists.
So they're under the same umbrella of ideology Peter what is -- ideology.
Teach about how they should feel about America.
Well they they certainly attack.
All of that their their name on culture -- -- mean supporters.
Of Sharia -- reports of Islamic law.
And they want to impose Islamic law on people whether or Muslim or not -- willing or unwilling throughout the Arab and Muslim lands.
And they do this by trying to win people over locally in big -- they ran the hospital.
Although the segment before noted.
They've also are reappeared and Ben -- since the begin this year Manning checkpoints allegedly stopping illegal immigrants and drug trade but we're really a big to recruit -- have a FaceBook page.
Aiming to recruit young people and win the local population over to there radical agenda of imposing Islam on the population.
Western and including American interest wherever they can account to them.
I read this on the air yesterday -- something from this State Department press release about terrorist designation for on Sasha react.
As an alias for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula but -- -- the press release which -- ironically released a couple weeks after this terrorist attack Ben Ghazi.
The press release makes a distinguishing between on -- Syria and Yemen and the group in Libya.
Almost suggesting that they're they're different and while one group should be designated a terrorist group -- an -- at least al-Qaeda perhaps the other should not what do you make of that.
Well there's that there's technical precision and then there's the bigger picture technically the -- department releases correct the group in Yemen.
Doesn't have a direct ties up commanding control with a group in Libya are the ones operating now in Tunisia.
Which -- also carried out violent attacks or the ones growing in -- That being said however they do share the same ideology they share the same -- -- With.
The figures who have a history of global terrorism including as I -- in the case of the Libyan group of a fellow who was.
Intern for number of years in Guantanamo and so.
They are connected by the ideology the modus operandi and the agenda even if commanding control is a -- -- He has -- -- -- -- stresses as franchises -- set up around the world so where there may not be that this central headquarters.
These franchises share a lot -- it in what in in what you're describing Peter if he would just take us out a little bit did the bigger picture that you mentioned as well.
What kind of threat desist group.
Oppose the United States and -- looking tell us about how the group is operating now several months after.
Had this terrorist attack and gusty and quite frankly don't really pay that much attention to the area other -- talking about what happened on September 11.
Well immediately after seven the September 11 in the attacks there the group.
Kind of went underground.
Local our community was kind of tired of their presence and and the bad publicity those attracting the area so -- kind of went underground but since January they've resurfaced they're back to running their clinic.
They're back to Manning checkpoints in -- god see it back -- holding public meetings.
To recruit new people and this you have to -- in the context of Libya where the govern -- extra exceptionally weak.
-- doesn't really control much of the territory is in fact afraid to take on this group.
And as a result.
Large parts of Libya are on -- and groups like -- -- sure Riyadh and other militias control the territory and they're linking up with for example the al-Qaeda in the Islamic -- -- terrorism the French ship chased in northern -- they're now filtering and connecting with terrorists in southern Libya.
Are there are -- operating in Tunisia and Egypt so the borders become meeting was as these groups.
These franchises if you will.
Link up with -- each other if not in command and control.
Certainly in sharing resources and providing.
Cover an occasional sanctuary for each other sorting out out out out conglomerate coming together from the bottom up review -- as opposed to.
Al qaeda's attempt from the top down in the late 1990.
And that's scary momentum as you're describing it -- have to render real quick we're getting the money because you have to get money for gonna grow.
So who's supporting these troops.
Well big upper right -- -- send about what -- after they control neighborhoods they patrol checkpoint soon literally shaking down mom and pop.
But also in other areas they engaging criminal networks protecting smuggling routes toward Europe so there's also big money to be had.
Some of the al-Qaeda franchises in North Africa but be implicated in narco trafficking of cocaine as well as Canada's -- -- an outside source as any other countries.
Well also there's the question of money coming in from the gulf.
-- into so called charities when the charities are themselves fronts for these groups so it becomes very fungible about point then we need to worry about that as well.
Sounds like -- an understatement with a -- back to talk about Peter's great to have expertise in your knowledge is always.
I look for -- happened back on thank you.
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