While many are still asking what went wrong in the Special Forces ambush in Niger, the U.S. military has some good news from the other side of the African continent. American special operations forces and FBI agents have captured one of the men responsible for the 2012 Benghazi attack that left four Americans dead.
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The U.S. diplomatic compound and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked on September 11th, 2012. Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed in the attack, Sean Smith, an information management officer with the U.S. Foreign Service, and Glen Doherty and Tyrone S. Woods, both of whom were former Navy SEALs.
The man they have captured is Mustafa al-Imam. He was caught Sunday in Libya, Fox reports. Al-Imam will be charged in federal court and tried in the United States. The Department of Justice is taking the lead on the prosecution.
The capture mission was carried out with the approval of Libya’s government.
“Our memory is deep and our reach is long, and we will not rest in our efforts to find and bring the perpetrators of the heinous attacks in Benghazi to justice,” Trump said. He approved the mission.
“The United States will continue to support our Libyan partners to ensure that ISIS and other terrorist groups do not use Libya as a safe haven for attacks against United States citizens or interests, Libyans, and others,” Trump said in his statement.
“I am grateful to the FBI, our partners in the intelligence community, and the Department of Defense who made this apprehension possible. The United States will continue to investigate and identify all those who were involved in the attack – and we will hold them accountable for their crimes,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions reacted.
Ahmed Abu Khattala began, the man believed to have coordinated the 2012 attacks, is currently being tried. He was aprehended by the U.S. Army and FBI agents in Benghazi in 2014.