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Bridget Johnson


January 8, 2014 - 12:57 pm

Soon after the New York Times declared the Benghazi attack to be the work of Ansar al-Sharia (which has been linked to al-Qaeda) and not al-Qaeda, the State Department is planning to designate three branches of Ansar al-Sharia — including the Benghazi one — as foreign terrorist organizations in the coming days.

That’s nearly 16 months since the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi. Directly after the attack, the State Department Operations Center had alerted senior department officials and the White House that Ansar al-Sharia had claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter.

“I welcome this morning’s report that Ansar al-Sharia will soon be designated by the State Department as a foreign terrorist organization,” said House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.). “Sixteen months after the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, the administration is confirming what it has long known – that Ansar al-Sharia carried out an attack against the United States that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya.”

“The Obama administration should be doing all it can to hunt down those responsible for this terrorist attack,” Royce added. “I’m gravely concerned that they are not.”

The Washington Post reported that a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Abu Sufian bin Qumu, is suspected of participating in the attack that killed four Americans.

Qumu was released from Gitmo to Libya, where the Gadhafi regime freed him in 2008.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Did Obama finally notice it in the papers? It's about time.
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The State department finally found a YouTube video on Ansar al Sharia?

Because they only ascribe blame based upon what YouTube tells them. Or one of the Soros media.
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When I read the headline my first thought was "the State Department is being named a terrorist group?"

Then I read the article.
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