Benghazi – The Signs of Al Qaeda

Jihadist Hand SignThe latest version of the Benghazi cover up is being argued with semantics of whether the jihadist group that attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 was part of the “core” al Qaeda network. State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said,

“…at this point, we have no indications that core al-Qaida, which I think is what most people are referring to when they talk about, quote, al-Qaida, directed or planned what happened in Benghazi. …..So it is not the U.S. Government’s assessment or position that Ansar al-Sharia is an affiliate of core al-Qaida. We don’t recognize them as an affiliate of core al-Qaida… These folks don’t carry ID cards. They don’t come out and wear a t-shirt that says, ‘I belong to al-Qaida,’ right?”

I beg to differ. In addition to the tremendous amount of evidence and statements by members of the House Intelligence Committee claiming that intelligence indicates al Qaeda was involved and that Ansar al Shariah is widely believed to be affiliated with al Qaeda, there are simpler, more obvious indicators. Ms. Harf is correct, they don’t carry ID cards or wear T-shirts that say “I belong to al Qaeda,” but they do throw hand signs and leave graffiti behind in the same manner as gangbangers that just marked their territory after murdering their rival.

The quintessential image that is used in almost every news report about the Benghazi attacks depicts one of the assailants in a white T-shirt with an assault rifle posing with his index finger pointing up in front of the burning consulate. The man is seen in several photos making this gesture using both his left and right hands. This does not signify that he is number one. This gesture is one of the most prevalent Salafi jihadist hand signs. There are images of every al Qaeda leader, including Osama bin Laden, Abu Musab al Zarqawi and others, with their index fingers pointing skywards. Ayman al Zawahiri, the current leader of al Qaeda, is often seen in images making the hand sign. His former top lieutenant Mohammed al Jamal, of the Jamal Network, is believed to have had fighters in the assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound and they would be familiar with this gesture. In October, the State Department designated the Jamal Network as a terrorist group tied to al Qaeda.

The hand gesture also appears on jihadist forums, protest posters, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and in almost every form of al Qaeda propaganda. It is also a favorite gesture among Chechen jihadists, members of the Caucasus Emirate, those most likely responsible for the recent suicide bombings that killed at least 31 people in the city of Volgograd, Russia. Their leader, Doku Umarov, has also been photographed making the jihadi hand sign. For Salafi jihadists groups, the hand gesture of the index finger pointing up represents one God and their willingness to die for Islam, thus attaining martyrdom and entrance into paradise. This Islamist hand sign is also commonly used by radical Imams around the globe while they are recruiting young men to join the global jihad and murder soldiers in their own countries. Although this hand gesture is one of the most recognizable signs of al Qaeda-affiliated jihadist groups, the Obama administration either overlooked, or worse, were unaware of the identifier when they portrayed the attack as a spontaneous protest against an anti-Islam film.

If there is any doubt that Ansar al Sharia Libya is affiliated with al Qaeda, the hand with the index finger pointing up is the central image of their logo. It also happens to be the primary image in the center of al Qaeda’s logo and al Qaeda-affiliated group logos, such as Jaish al Muhajireen awl Ansar in Syria, al Qaeda in Iraq, Palestinian Taliban and others. Similar to street gangs, symbols and gestures demonstrate affiliation with their larger organizations, such as Folk Nation or People Nation. Like the Bloods or the Crips, Ansar al Sharia should be viewed as one street gang in the al Qaeda Nation. Distinctions between “core” al Qaeda are irrelevant as these Mujahideen gang bangers share the same goals and the same enemies.

If the gesture was not enough, the Jihadist gangbangers also decided to leave their mark in graffiti. Two different spray-painted Arabic-language graffiti messages that read “Allahu Akbar” were scrawled on the buildings of the U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya during the 2012 terror attack. Spray painting “Allahu Akbar” is becoming very popular among young jihadists who are vandalizing churches and war monuments with their battle cry in graffiti. Of course, the State Department could claim that the graffiti was just a benign expression of faith, except for the four dead Americans and the burned-out U.S. consulate building.

In combination with the quintessential photo of the assailant using the al Qaeda jihadist hand gesture, the messaging was clear that it was not an anti-Islam film protest. Of course, you have to suspend political correctness to be able to interpret the signs that are literally on the wall. Gang identifiers are visual or verbal ways that gang members identify their affiliation. Law enforcement is trained on gang identifiers so that they can recognize violent incidents as being affiliated with particular street gangs or Security Threat Groups. Unfortunately, training on Islamist identifiers is currently prohibited under the Obama administration, which is why obvious signs continue to go unrecognized.

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  • truebearing

    Now Dawn, you’ve gone and brought facts into this debate. That’s racist…or something. The New York Times has tried very hard to obfuscate what happened in Benghazi and now you’re ruining all of their delicate weaseling.

    Poor Hillary. Why can’t these fact-mongers just accept the hogwash that was so painstakingly crafted to disinfect her past?

  • James Foard

    If it walks like Al Qaeda and quacks like Al Qaeda, then it’s Al Qaeda. Ansar al Sharia, Al Qaeda, it’s like changing license plates on mafia cars. A terrorist by any other name would smell as foul. The spinmeisters at Foggy Bottom are trying to split hairs and confuse the issue.. If they can get us to start running down rabbit trails it will cover their tracks. “Hey, is that a brown bear or a black bear charging towards us Harry?” “I can’t tell, let’s wait until he gets a little bit closer, then we’ll find out”.

    • Bamaguje

      The distinction between Al-Qaeda and other Jihadi terrorists is like between six and half a dozen. They are all intent on terrorizing Americans and other non-Muslims
      The orchestrated brouhaha about whether Al-Qaeda or non-Al-Qaeda Jihadists did it is a calculated and deliberate distraction from Obama administration’s ineptitude in the the Benghazi saga.

  • Mach1Duck

    How can Ansar al Sharia be associated with al-Quada, according to the president al-Quada is on the run. Gotta belive the man.

    • ServosT

      But it’s a lot easier to put a YouTube video maker in jail than to defeat the essence of evil. Especially when you are a president who has a lot of respect for Islam.

      • Lanna

        Islam claimed the reason behind the rampage is Muslim outrage over the film about the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Apparently it depicts him inciting jihads, deceiving people, and exercising his libido…..and really….this is like what is recorded in Islam’s own authoritative biographies and hadiths of the prophet of history. Islam has always lived up to the things that are said about it, or that it represents….that is the real truth of the matter.

        • Somali warrior

          Throw whatever islam will be still standing. Islam is 1435 years old and people are converting daily. 500 years from now islam will take over.

          • reader

            “Islam is 1435 years old”

            Finally, a barbarian admits that it does not have any legitimate claim for Jerusalem, particularly Temple Mount, since the Romans destroyed the Second Temple in 70 AD. By the way, the Romans were pretty cocky too – and look what happened to them.

          • Notalibfool

            Be careful there. Every empire falls eventually, even ones based on religion.

          • ServosT

            That might be true, but it will only happen if the non-Islamic world rolls over and gives up. Islam could be defeated tomorrow if the West decided to get its act together. If not, the whole world will look like Somalia. Backwards, desperate, violent, poor, Islam.

          • defcon 4

            What a peaceful thought canine muhadeen.

          • anti-mujahinin

            No. I’m pretty sure we’ll crush you guys.

  • Lanna

    All these groups coordinate with one another. According to many Middle East scholars, Islam’s black flag with the shehada and sword inscription is not an AlQaeda banner but rather Islam’s most ancient banner, popularized by Abbasid caliphs in the 800s. In other words, these protesters were not imitating AlQaeda they and AlQaeda are imitating Islam’s heritage, replete with Jihad against the infidel…Same with the phrase..Worshippers of the Cross…Islam’s ancient appellation for the hated Christians.

    • Somali warrior

      This is not islam vs Christian war dude.

      • Lanna

        Are you kidding…This is all about Islam’s war on Christians and Jews…you must be clueless or a liar!

      • Notalibfool

        Please explain that to the multitudes of Imams, mullahs, ayatollahs, etc and their followers who continue to attack Christians worldwide.

      • defcon 4

        You’re either very dumb or very arrogant to assume the najjis kaffir here on FPM are stupid enough to believe your infantile lies.

  • blert

    You missed one tell: the vertical AK-74 (buttless) — back lit by the flames — is ANOTHER classic jihadist icon.

    It’s embedded in some of the logo imagery used by the fanatics. It’s even on their stationary.

    The actual shot was professionally staged, probably just one of a slew of snaps taken at the time.

    The resultant image is IDENTICAL to the logo — weapon, orientation, the works.

  • Nhóm Đào Tạo

    If they can get us to start running down rabbit trails it will cover their tracks.

    ve may bay di Han Quoc
    ve may bay di Anh gia re

  • American1969

    Try as they might, the Left is trying to whitewash this before the 2016 Elections because they want Hillary to run. It’s not working. Seems like the harder they try, the more they expose her negligence and malfeasance as Secretary of State. Not a good resume for someone who wants to be Commander in Chief.


    • defcon 4

      I’m more interested in shrillery’s connections to the world’s pre-eminent islam0nazi organisation: the OIC.