U.S. intelligence officials are putting the final touches on plans to go after members of Ansar al-Sharia, a militia group that doesn't even exist anymore, suspected to be involved in the attack on the Libyan embassy that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others.
The New York Times' Eric Schmitt reports about a dozen so-called "target packages" are being prepared on the militants suspected to have been involved in the September 11 attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi. With cooperation from Libyan authorities, they've been able to identify a group of targets who were a part of the militia group Ansar al-Sharia based on eye-witness accounts and photos from the embassy attack.
The Daily Beast and the Wall Street Journal have reported intelligence officials intercepted conversations where members of Ansar al-Sharia bragged about the attack to members of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Even though they had the support of the Al Queda affiliate, something that might indicate a certain level of complexity to the group, it didn't take much to unravel Ansar al-Sharia. It wasn't even U.S. intelligence officials who were responsible.