below is from my FNC colleague Catherine Herridge
AL QAEDA CONSOLIDATES LIBYA BASE
Al-Qaeda is intensifying efforts to establish a new base for its terrorist operations in Libya following the recent attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, according to the latest Western intelligence reports. The leaders of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the North African offshoot of the mainstream organization, are making a concerted effort to link up with Ansar al-Sharia. The CIA believes Ansar al-Sharia was behind the September 11 attack on the US consulate in which four people died, including US Ambassador Christopher Stevens. AQIM leaders are also attempting to establish ties with other Libyan Islamist groups in the hope of establishing an al-Qaeda fiefdom there similar to the one it has created in nearby Mali.