Rep. King urges Clinton to designate consulate attackers as terrorists

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, singles out Ansar al-Sharia, a Libyan group believed to have ties to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Libyan authorities have blamed Ansar al-Sharia for the attack, but the Islamist group has denied responsibility, although it's possible individual members might have been involved. 

King wants the State Department to label the entire group a terrorist organization. The group, which has hundreds of armed fighters who helped topple Moammar Gadhafi last year, is one of the most powerful militias in Libya.

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“I am deeply concerned about the rapid evolution of Ansar al-Sharia from a virtually unknown organization to a full-blown jihadist terror group working with al Qaeda affiliates,” King wrote. “Designating Ansar al-Sharia — as well as any other jihadist group found to be involved in this attack — as an FTO will ensure that the U.S. Government has every military, intelligence, diplomatic, economic and legal tool at its disposal to disrupt and deter Ansar al-Sharia’s operations, planning, and fundraising.”


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