Report: US Special Operations Forces Capture Key Militant In Benghazi Attack
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U.S. special operations forces have captured a “key” militant involved in the 2012 attack on an American diplomatic facility in the Libyan city of Benghazi that left four dead and sparked an ongoing political firestorm, unnamed U.S. government officials told the Associated Press.
According to the Associated Press, President Donald Trump approved the mission.
Task & Purpose could not immediately confirm the Associated Press report. U.S. Special Operations Command referred T&P to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, which, like Africa Command, did not immediately return requests for comment.
The attack on the Benghazi compound on Sept. 11, 2012, killed Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, a State department aide, and U.S. security contractors. The circumstances surrounding the attack fueled partisan suspicions of a coverup by the Obama administration — particularly by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the eventual Democratic nominee for president in 2016.
A June 2016 report from the Republican-led Benghazi Committee alleged that the CIA and State Department failed to take appropriate security measures despite warnings of a looming attack, while the Pentagon “did not meet its response times” to deploy military assets in response to the attack, as Politico put it at the time.
According to the AP, the prisoner is currently being transported to the U.S., where he will likely stand trial. There’s a precedent for that: Ahmed Abu Khattala, the Libyan militia leader and alleged mastermind behind the Benghazi attack, faced 18 counts when his trial began on Oct. 2. The two will be the only suspects in U.S. custody in the five years since the attack; the rest remain either dead or in the wind.
This is a developing story. Check back for more updates.
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