United States captures key militant in Benghazi attack
01 November, 2017, 01:11 | Author: Diane Mills
US forces have captured a suspect in the September 11, 2012, attack on USA diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, in an operation over the weekend ordered by President Donald Trump, a White House statementsaid Monday. The fires ultimately took the lives of two Americans, one of which was the US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens.
President Donald Trump identified the militant as Mustafa al-Imam and said his capture signified that the four Americans who died "will never be forgotten".
US Special Operation Forces captured the militant - Mustafa al-Imam - in Libya in the past few days, officials said.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a separate statement also said that he was "deeply grateful" to USA officials for their efforts.
The officials said the man was now in the custody of the Department of Justice and being transported back to the United States by the military.
"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", he added.
USA prosecutors opened their case against Abu Khatallah this month. Another suspect, Ahmed Abu Khattala, is already on trial in the US.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday echoed that they will continue to track down those responsible for the attack.
Mr al-Imam has been charged with murder, as well as providing material support to terrorists and discharging a firearm in the course of a violent crime, the US Attorney's office said.
The attack involved armed assailants firing automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades blasting through the main diplomatic mission before setting it on fire before then attacking the annex.
A mortar assault on a nearby annex killed security officers Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, both Central Intelligence Agency contractors and former US Navy SEALs, according to the account. The attack resulted in the death of the American ambassador to the country.
"We will never forget those we lost - Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Ambassador Christopher Stevens - four courageous Americans who gave their lives in service to our nation".
Nearly immediately after the attacks, Republicans launched a long-lasting, politically charged effort to pin the blame on the Obama administration and then-secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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