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Big scoop via WaPo today:
U.S. Special Operations forces captured one of the suspected ringleaders of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi in a secret raid in Libya over the weekend, the first time one of the accused perpetrators of the 2012 assaults has been apprehended, according to U.S. officials.
The officials said Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured Sunday near Benghazi by American troops, working alongside the FBI, following months of planning, and was now in U.S. custody “in a secure location outside Libya.” The officials said there were no casualties in the operation, and that all U.S. personnel involved have safely left Libya.
Read in full: U.S. captures Benghazi suspect in secret raid.
The Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby also released the following statement:
I can confirm that on Sunday, June 15 the U.S. Military — in cooperation with law enforcement personnel — captured Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a key figure in the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012. He is in U.S. custody in a secure location outside of Libya. There were no civilian casualties related to this operation, and all U.S. personnel involved in the operation have safely departed Libya.
Below is a collection of tweets on Ahmed Abu Khattala, who apparently was not shy about giving interviews to the media in the past year or so:
Rare pic of Ahmed Abu Khattala, charged in US over attack on Benghazi consulate & designated by the US in Jan #Libya pic.twitter.com/i3wuUzVWCv
— Mary Fitzgerald (@MaryFitzger) May 29, 2014
My Dec post: “Journalists Haven’t Had Trouble Finding Benghazi Suspect Ahmed Abu Khattala” http://t.co/anHuhnJ2u9
— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) June 17, 2014
.@ddknyt‘s investigation on what happened in Benghazi & Abu Khattala’s role: http://t.co/icOiibeWET
— New York Times World (@nytimesworld) June 17, 2014
Ahmed Abu Khattala, charged by US as mastermind of Benghazi attack, gives interview to @thetimes… at his house http://t.co/gLaEq9HiJO
— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) October 28, 2013
Here is also a Reuters interview from 2012 — Mystery deepens about US enemy No. 1 in Libya. Yesterday, a day after Khattala was captured,but before it was publicly released, there apparently was an ugly Benghazi panel over in D.C. WaPo’s Dana Milbank reports about that here. Politico wades in, also the Daily Beast here.
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- Mystery deepens about US enemy No. 1 in Libya (csmonitor.com)
- Libya approves U.S. operations to get Benghazi suspects (security.blogs.cnn.com)
- Obama under fire as suspect remains free (thetimes.co.uk)
- Former Guantanamo detainee implicated in Benghazi attack (stripes.com)