US Nabs Suspected Benghazi Mastermind
Special forces capture Ahmed Abu Khattala
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 17, 2014 10:47 AM CDT
This Sept 13, 2012 file photo shows a Libyan man investigating the inside of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.   (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon, File)

(Newser) – US Special Forces captured Ahmed Abu Khattala, the man long suspected of leading the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, over the weekend in a secret raid, official sources tell the Washington Post. American troops, working with the FBI, apprehended Khattala near Benghazi, and are currently holding him in "a secure location outside Libya," the sources say.

Khattala has in the past admitted involvement in the attack, but denied leading it—all while mocking Libyan authorities as too "chicken" to arrest him. Federal prosecutors filed charges against him and a dozen others last year, and the State Department in January designated him as a "senior leader" of the Benghazi branch of the terrorist group Ansar al-Sharia. "When the United States says it’s going to hold someone accountable and he will face justice, this is what we mean," one official boasts.

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FarmerMichael
Jun 18, 2014 1:37 PM CDT
OK, now that we have him, his defense of avenging an insult to the Prophet might create some stir in legal circles. This guy also is considered a nut case by fellow armed group leaders, so here, his mental state might be a plead in itself. Interesting headlines ahead.
Nofun
Jun 18, 2014 4:54 AM CDT
After the capture right wingers praised the president for this initiative and invented no conspiracies about it....... .....Well it may of happened in some quantum reality.
Mr.LarryG.
Jun 17, 2014 9:02 PM CDT
Rut roh!!!! Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured Sunday by U.S. military and law enforcement in response to an indictment for murder in connection with his role as a suspected ringleader of the Benghazi attacks. Abu Khattala told Libyans the night of the attack "that he was moved to attack the diplomatic mission to take revenge for an insult to Islam in an American-made online video," according to The New York Times.