U.S. special forces captured suspected Benghazi attack ringleader

By Kyle Johnson,

Over the weekend, U.S. special forces captured a suspected ringleader of the 2012 Benghazi attack in Libya.

Ahmed Abu Khattala was snagged by U.S. forces near the city and is currently being held "in a secure location outside Libya," officials told The Washington Post. The operation was planned and executed with the assistance of the FBI.

Officials say that no U.S. troops were injured during the secret raid and have since left the country.

Khattala had charges filed against him by the U.S. Attorney in the District in 2013 and one official proudly claimed that the arrest was "a reminder that when the United States says it's going to hold someone accountable and he will face justice, this is what we mean."

The State Department has said that Khattala is a "senior leader" of the terrorist group Ansar al-Sharia, which was blamed for the Sept. 11 attack on U.S. diplomatic compounds in Libya, where four Americans were killed, including State Department security official Sean Smith and Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

According to ABC News, the U.S. has been previously criticized for its apparent failure to get close to Khattala, despite reporters apparently being able to have face-to-face interviews with the suspected terrorist.



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