Ansar al Sharia Libya relaunches social media sites
Some press accounts have pointed to Ansar al Sharia’s use of a black banner similar, if not identical, to the one used by the Islamic State. But this same flag was adopted by many jihadist groups around the world long before the rivalry between the Islamic State and al Qaeda flared up in 2013 and 2014. In fact, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which has denounced Baghdadi’s caliphate, began using the flag prior to the Islamic State’s rise and still does. AQAP officials have even been pictured sitting in front of a similar banner as they criticize the Islamic State. The use of that particular black flag by itself does not, therefore, mean that a group has become loyal to Baghdadi.