U.S. to Train Libyan Military, Including Islamists

Socom chief warns counterterrorism training will be risky
Ansar al Shariah supporters protest the U.S. capture of one of the terror group's leaders. / AP

Simi Valley, Calif. — The U.S. military is preparing to conduct military and special operations training for Libya’s military and the training will risk including Islamist terrorists among the trainees, according to the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command.

Adm. William McRaven, the commander who helped lead the covert raid to kill al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, said in a brief interview Saturday that the counterterrorism training operation has not begun. “We’re in the early stages,” he told the Free Beacon.

Islamist Terrorists Shifting from Web to Social Media

Facebook, Twitter grapple with terrorists’ use of social media for messaging, communications
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Social media giants Facebook and Twitter are grappling with terrorists who are moving from websites to microblogs as a way to spread propaganda, recruit members, and communicate.

Terrorists Threaten to Strike Back

Terrorists threaten Americans, journalists in Libya following U.S. capture of al Qaeda leader
Anas al-Libi / AP, FBI photo

The covert U.S. military raid to capture a senior Libyan al Qaeda leader in Tripoli has triggered threats against Americans and other anti-U.S. sentiment in the volatile north African state.

Terror Raids Ignore Benghazi Suspects

Libya raid failed to target Benghazi attackers; Somali terror group fears further commando strikes
Ansar al Shariah supporters protest the U.S. capture of one of the terror group's leaders. / AP

The Obama administration failed to act against Libyan Islamists who attacked the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi last year during the capture last weekend of a senior al Qaeda terrorist in Tripoli according to U.S. officials.

Meanwhile, the Somali terrorist group al Shabaab is “gripped with fear” following the unsuccessful covert U.S. military strike against one of its leaders.

Terrorist Haven in Libya

Islamist militia linked to Sept. 11 Benghazi attack operates freely in city
A Libyan follower of Ansar al-Sharia Brigades carries a sign during a protest in front of the Tibesti Hotel, in Benghazi / AP

The Ansar al Sharia Brigade, the Islamist terror group linked to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi continues to operate freely in that Libyan city, according to U.S. military officials.

The Ansar al-Sharia Threat

Libyan militia behind Benghazi terror attack still operating unimpeded
Libyan followers of the Ansar al-Shariah Brigades chant anti-U.S. slogans during a protest / AP

Ansar al-Sharia, the Islamist militia linked to the deadly terror attack against the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, continues to operate Facebook pages and conduct fundraising and proselytize in Libya, according to U.S. officials.

New Report Details Benghazi Security Failures

Report: Al Qaeda threat was growing at time of Benghazi attack
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A State Department review board investigating the Sept. 11 attacks on American facilities in Benghazi found leadership and management failures in the department for not providing adequate security prior to the attack.

Bin Laden Is Dead, Al Qaeda Is Alive

Far from ‘decimated,’ terrorist group gathers strength
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President Barack Obama’s campaign continues to claim that it has “decimated” al Qaeda, the world’s most notorious terror group, despite increasing evidence the group is expanding and despite an al Qaeda attack that left four Americans, including an ambassador, dead.