November 16th, 2012
06:47 AM ET

What is Ansar al Sharia, and was it behind the consulate attack in Benghazi?

By Tim Lister and Paul Cruickshank

Former CIA Director David Petraeus is expected to tell House and Senate committees Friday that soon after the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, it suspected Ansar al Sharia was responsible. But just what is Ansar al Sharia, and why wasn't it identified as a prime suspect two months ago?

There is no easy answer.

Ansar al Sharia is more a label than an organization, one that's been adopted by conservative Salafist groups across the Arab world. The name means, simply, "Partisans of Islamic Law."

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  1. Atank

    Ansar al-Sharia needs more goatse. Send them goatse.

    On a series note the concept of "political Islam" needs to go. For whatever verses of the Quran or the hadith the clerics say support political Islam, get a green pen, cross it out, and say that Islam doesn't say it anymore. If they argue, show them passages that say scientifically wrong things and tell them that morally wrong things get crossed out too.

    November 16, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  2. Hans

    Is this one open to the public, because I'll be in town today and I'd love to either be there or hear it on cspan.

    November 16, 2012 at 9:36 am | Reply
  3. Hahahahahahahahhaha

    Well most certainly a Towel Head was. Hahahahahahahhahah

    November 16, 2012 at 9:31 am | Reply

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