US Captures Suspected Plotter of Benghazi Attacks

US captures key militant behind Benghazi attack report

Al-Imam's nationality has not been specified, but officials are quoted in news reports as saying the mission to capture him was authorized by President Trump and that the Government of National Accord which is the ruling body of Libya was informed about the operation.

It took more than five years, but the USA has captured another alleged leader of the terrorist attack that took the life of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi.

The statement didn't say where or how al-Imam was captured or whether he had already arrived in the U.S.

In a statement, President Trump said that "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".

"I am deeply grateful to the U.S. military, law enforcement, and intelligence community for their efforts to bring to justice the perpetrators of the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on USA diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya", said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, adding that the State Department family "continues to mourn the loss of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods".

USA officials have said very little about the details of the raid.

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"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.

Earlier this month, a U.S. court opened the trial of Ahmed Abu Khatallah, another suspect in the 2012 attack. These charges include "conspiracy, murder and material support of terrorists in the deaths of Stevens, State Department communications expert Sean Patrick Smith and security contractors Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty".

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 appropriate Congressional committees and the families of the Americans killed in the 2012 attack had also been notified, the officials said.

Hillary Clinton, Trump's opponent in last year's presidential campaign, was USA secretary of state at the time of the attacks.

Al Imam is one of two captured in response to the Benghazi attack, in which terrorists used firearms and rocket-propelled grenades to assault a diplomatic building and kill USA servicemen.

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