Foreign Policy

BREAKING: Officials Say Benghazi Suspect Captured in Secret Raid

Two years after the terrorist attack on Benghazi that claimed four American lives, officials are reporting that a suspect has finally been apprehended.

From the Washington Post:

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 assault has been apprehended, according to U.S. officials.

The officials said Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured 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.

…One jubilant official called Khattala’s capture “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 Washington Post learned about the capture Monday but agreed to a request from the White House to delay publication of a story because of security concerns.

Jay Carney discussed the capture at today’s White House press conference:

I’m sure the CIA is forcing him to sign a confession saying Ambassador Rice was absolutely right about the video motivating his attack.