July 29, 2014

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Benghazi suspect in US custody for 2012 attack

 

This Sept. 12, 2012 file photo shows glass, debris and overturned furniture in the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. (AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri, File)

This Sept. 12, 2012 file photo shows glass, debris and overturned furniture in the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. (AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Libyan militant suspected in the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attack on Americans in Benghazi has been captured and is in U.S. custody, marking the first U.S. apprehension of an alleged perpetrator in the assault that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

President Barack Obama said Ahmed Abu Khattala, a senior leader of the Benghazi branch of the terror group Ansar al-Shariah in Libya, will “now face the full weight of the American justice system.”

“The fact that he is now in U.S. custody is a testament to the painstaking efforts of our military, law enforcement, and intelligence personnel,” said Obama, whose administration has come under intense criticism from Republicans for being unable to apprehend those responsible for the attack.

Abu Khattala, who will be tried in U.S. court, was captured by U.S. forces on Sunday and is being held in an undisclosed location outside of Libya, according to the Pentagon press secretary, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby.

Stevens was the first U.S. ambassador to be killed in the line of duty in more than 30 years.

Last year, the U.S. filed charges against Khattala and a number of others in a sealed complaint in U.S. District Court in Washington. The complaint, unsealed Tuesday, charges Abu Khattala with providing, attempting and conspiring to provide material support to terrorists that resulted in death; discharging, brandishing, using, carrying and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence; and killing a person in the course of an attack on a federal facility and conspiring to do so.

Officials said he could face the death penalty if convicted of the latter charge.

Until now, no one had been arrested in the attack in which a group of militants set fire to the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.

As the U.S. raid took place Sunday, forces loyal to a renegade general attacked Islamic militant camps in Benghazi as part of a new assault against the groups. Airstrikes targeted the camps on behalf of Gen. Khalifa Hifter, a top military official under dictator Moammar Gadhafi who later defected and lived for years in the U.S.

It isn’t clear what the strikes targeted. The general later said the clashes killed five of his fighters. Hifter’s forces have targeted Ansar al-Shariah, a hard-line Islamist militia blamed for the attack on the U.S. Consulate there.

In August, Abu Khattala told The Associated Press that he was not in hiding, nor had he been questioned by Libyan authorities over the consulate attack. Abu Khattala was the commander of a militia group called Abu Obaida Bin Jarrah at the time of the attack. In August, he said he had abandoned the militia and begun working as a construction contractor.

“I am a Libyan citizen and the American government has nothing to do with me,” he said. “I am in my city, having a normal life and have no troubles and if they have an inquiry to make, they should get in touch with Libyan authorities.”

Efforts to reach Abu Khattala Tuesday were not successful, as his mobile phone was apparently turned off.

According to a U.S. official, the operation that captured Abu Khattala was planned over a long period of time and executed by U.S. special operations forces. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to disclose sensitive details by name, said the operation was conducted in conjunction with the FBI.

In the immediate aftermath of the stunning attack, political reaction formed along partisan lines that hold fast to this day.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and others said Obama had emboldened Islamic extremists by being weak against terrorism. But the public still credited Obama with the successful strike against al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden a few months earlier in Pakistan.

The accusation that took hold was a Republican charge that the White House intentionally misled voters by portraying the Benghazi assault as one of the many protests over an anti-Muslim video made in America, instead of a calculated terrorist attack under his watch.

Obama accused the Republicans of politicizing a national tragedy. He insists that the narrative about the video protests was the best information available at the time.

After 13 public hearings, the release of 25,000 pages of documents and 50 separate briefings over the past year and a half, the arguments are the same.

  • TruthWhisperer

    Thanks Obama,

    Thank you for not invading the wrong country like the last moron did.

    Osama Bin Laden – Dead

    Ahmed Abu Khattala – Dead

    Republicans – Zero, Cant wait to hear how they view this as a bad thing.

    Can they congratulate their President for a job well done?

    I bet they cant.

    • JoyceEarly

      Osama Bin Laden died in 2001 of health issues. That was a made up story to make him look like he was accomplishing something.

      • Sis Delish

        Osama Bin Laden’s “burial-at-sea” was the precursor to the Missing Malaysian Airliner… both will go into folk lore with the general public never knowing if either really happened.

        Folks like TW up above are singing the praises of a goofball in the White House who never has to prove anything, as long as there are millions of TW’s to spoon feed.

        I’d wager a bet that TW has Barry and Michelle action figures in his playroom. And, that he’s saving his allowances for an Al Sharpton Doll for the fall political season so he can yell at folks vicariously, and through his Sharpton Action Figure, who say anything bad about Barry and Michelle as they spend Billions flying all over for lefty fundraisers.

        • TruthWhisperer

          You attack America and we will find you.

          Too bad the last W couldnt do that.

          Thanks

          • Sis Delish

            Can you prove Osama Bin Laden is deceased?

          • TruthWhisperer

            The burden of proof is in your court sweetie.

            I have public record and expert testimony on my side as well as footage that has been certified as authentic.

            What do you got? a tin foil hat?

            next time sweetie maybe next time

          • Starryeyes63

            Yeah the proof is with the rest of Bammy’s records…..(college, BC, Medical ect)

          • TruthWhisperer

            still got nothing ehh?

            Facts win and you lose!

      • TruthWhisperer

        The burden of proof is clearly in your court.

        You have any evidence or just baseless accusations?

        Or are you a tin foil hat?

      • Starryeyes63

        I would love to see the “Proof” Obammy got him……..OH yeah there is NONE

        • TruthWhisperer

          Other than having the person in custody right?

          isnt that proof?

          haha maybe next time sweetie

        • Starryeyes63

          Meaning OSAMA bin laden…Where are the pictures oh yeah with the rest of Bammy’s records

          • TruthWhisperer

            yep Bammys records got it you got nothing!

            Difficult concept isn’t it?

            Maybe you can bring forth some actual evidence or are you gonna name call and red herring all day sugar lips??

            So for your score is zero

      • stop ur whining part deux

        …..and the moon landing was shot on a universal lot and Spielberg was the director. That is how he got to director Jaws. Aleins also built the pyramids and Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny are real. Believe any of that and I will tell you another one.

  • stop ur whining part deux

    Gut him in public square. These extremists only know fear and hate. It is time we showed them what real terror is. Capture, & terminate. Time to lead our own campaign of terror. Show no quarter, no respect, no mercy. Caught taking up arms with extremists get executed and have your dead carcass used as a pinata.

  • grandparent4

    Well I am sure we will only have him until they capture another American soldier and then we will pay their ransom and release him. TruthWhisperer you are deceiving yourself….lol

    • TruthWhisperer

      America bring’s their soldiers home no matter what.

      Even after they have been tortured

      Too bad you don’t subscribe to keeping your word or having honor.

      • grandparent4

        Hey I never said don’t bring our soldiers home. I am all for that. We just don’t negotiate with terriorist….I do have honor and I keep my word. I think the young soldier is entitled to his day in a military court with a jury of his peers.

        • B4CE

          Grandma,
          First off, we did not negotiate with terrorists, we negotiated an enemy of the state that America is at war with. Once the war is over, according to the Geneva Convention, we MUST release ALL of our prisoners not charged with war crimes.
          Next, the only reason GOP Presidential candidate John McCain is free is because America exchanged prisoners with his captors.
          As an US navy admiral said, “it doesn’t matter if a sailor falls overboard, is pushed, or jumps, we turn the ship around and go get him.

          • golfingirl

            So why are there still prisoners at Gitmo? I mean if the “war is over,” why weren’t all of them released?

            Maybe because the Taliban hand-picked the ones they wanted, the leaders, so they can return to battle and kill more Americans.

            They were war criminals, not prisoners of war. They killed innocent people, not just enemy combatants…a big difference. This makes them murderers.

            Do you really think this “war” is over?

          • TruthWhisperer

            You really don’t know do you? I dont think I have ever seen you post actual evidence its all this tin foil hat questions.

            If you dont know why dont you learn?

            or you just like the way it feels when I prove you wrong?

          • levtrotsky

            Water boy

          • Starryeyes63

            And an lieyeller tell what “state” the Taliban represents who is their “president”, where is their territory… maybe he does not understand that is a war of ideology.

          • TruthWhisperer

            Yeah, Facts, definitions of proper use of words dont sit too well with these folks.

            Its just easier to yell BENGHAZI instead.

          • levtrotsky

            water boy

          • TruthWhisperer

            Thanks for adding so much to the conversation.

            You forgot your ADD meds? Just yell names when youhave nothing else to offer

            Thanks for making me look better

          • TruthWhisperer

            BENGHAZI!!!!

          • levtrotsky

            NYT poll….BHO a loser!

          • TruthWhisperer

            A loser that got another one without invading the wrong country lol

            Maybe you can bring up another completely unrelated topic that has nothing to do with this?

            So far you brought a NYT poll and the cost of eggs as your evidence.

            You so funny!!!

      • Pablo Jones

        So the US Government has done everything possible to bring back all soldiers in other countries that want to come home?

      • levtrotsky

        Water boy!

        • TruthWhisperer

          Wow a name caller! I bet you are a good parent too!

  • TruthWhisperer

    You guys notice the absence of your Conservative Peanut Gallery when America gets things done?

    Its almost as if they want America to fail because they lost.

    • grandparent4

      Ever hear the saying you can “Win the War and Lose the Battle?”….I would say under the Obama reign that is exactly what is happening. Democrats won and America is losing the battle…..let the statistics speak for themselves. I also do not consider myself a Republican so don’t think that is why I am saying this. I am an American I don’t really subscribe to either party.

  • golfingirl

    Job well-done by the Special Forces. I hope he is tried in a U.S. court and we can get to the bottom of the Benghazi murders.

    • TruthWhisperer

      Indeed, Glad Obama rounded them up while the Conservatives were busy with their 50th Obama Care repeal and 9th Benghazi investigation.

      At least someone is acting in the interest of the American People

      Thanks Obama!

    • Starryeyes63

      OH No Obamao got him all by himself, in between rounds of golf and fundraising. Couldn’t be Special Forces.

      • TruthWhisperer

        He did a better job than W did.

        Killed them and didnt even have to invade the wrong country.

        Facts win you lose!~

    • america1

      and the invasion of Iraq for no WMD’s.just oil. Killing 50,000 US soldiers and 150,000 innocent civilans while Bush was out golfing with the Tea baggers

  • SniperFire

    There was no ‘leader’ in the Bengazi attack. Barack said it was a spontaneous protest to an internet video. Hey wait. He wasn’t baldface lying to the American public once again, was he?

    • TruthWhisperer

      im sure the Conservatives 12th investigation will get to the bottom of itLOL, Meanwhile Obama was rounding those up that did us wrong as Conservatives ate at steak houses plotting the murder of democracy.

      Say hello to Eric Cantor for me :-)

      • SniperFire

        At least you admit to the criminality of the Worst POTUS. Ever.

        If he didn’t get a pass because he black, impeachment would have happened LOOOOONG ago.

        LOL

        • TruthWhisperer

          yeah, because he’s black.

          Thats why. not because you are racist.

          Thanks for pointing that out Wanna Be Sniper

          How does it feel that Obama is Cleaning up all these messes even with Conservatives doing nothing?

        • Starryeyes63

          Wow bet you have NEVER been called a racist……

          • TruthWhisperer

            You are a bright one

    • golfingirl

      It was not spontaneous? Really? But,…. but we would told it was by our leader. Are you suggesting it was planned and executed by a group of terrorists?

      Blasphemy on you….off with your head. You are speaking against the king!

      Oh well, by the way, what ever happened to the Pakistani physician who gave Bin Laden’s location to the king? He can’t possibly still be rotting in a prison cell, can he?

      We trade for a deserter, while we cannot even negotiate the release of a real hero.

      Maybe when golf season winds down, the king may have a little time to revisit it.

      • TruthWhisperer

        If you attack America Obama will bring you to justice.

        If only the last guy could have done that.

        Instead he invaded the wrong country.

        But please keep up your tin hat theory’s of What If’s and Maybe’s

        haha

  • Sis Delish

    Amazing how this guy is right in front of the media as soon as something happens showing results, but is “surprised” by everything else that happens to him. LOL

    • golfingirl

      He probably learned about it from the cable news network, like everything else.

      • TruthWhisperer

        Yep, Baseless accusation to make you feel better about yourself.

        Who needs facts when you have Conservatism haha

      • Starryeyes63

        Amazing after having 2 interviews with the accused, Knowing where he was all the time he “caught” what a cowinkiedink…….

      • Starryeyes63

        As far as LieYeller goes I am think ACORN paid blogger….. ONLY defends Obamao…….

        • TruthWhisperer

          You know the whole Acorn thing was a sham that you fell for right?

          Nobody was found guilty of any wrong doing and you bought it hook line and sinker.

          Just ask the Prosecuting attorney for the case.

          But hey when in doubt bring up something completely unrelated!

          Thanks for the laugh

    • TruthWhisperer

      Amazing how you cant bring facts to the table but hide in the shadows of reality.

      Sucks when people show results on all you have is name calling

  • Sis Delish

    Abu Khattala, who will be tried in U.S. court, was captured by U.S. forces on Sunday and is being held in an undisclosed location outside of Libya, according to the Pentagon press secretary, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby

    Wonder if this is the same Adm. who was in charge of OBL at-sea “burial”?

    LOL

  • Oneday67

    Man, what a coincidence that hillary will be on Greta Van Susteran tonight. Her BS right along side the capture of supposed Benghazi attacker on Fox News. What next, the attacker will confirm her story about the Youtube video. Unbelievable

    • TruthWhisperer

      What a coincidence Donald Rumsfeld admitted the pentagon could not account for trillions of dollars on 9-10-01

      We can talk about coincidences all day.

      • SniperFire

        ‘What a coincidence Donald Rumsfeld admitted the pentagon could not account for trillions of dollars on 9-10-01′

        Perhaps that is allusion to Iraq’s own ‘oil for food’ money, which the Iraqis stole from themselves. Just pointing out to the uninitiated that you are both and idiot and a spammer. LOL

        • TruthWhisperer

          “Perhaps that is allusion to Iraq’s own ‘oil for food’ money,”

          No its not, Any other bright ideas or just lame assumptions?

          Better change your had, I think the liberal radio waves have penetrated your dollar general tin foil hat.

          Might I recommend Reynolds Wrap? LOL

  • SniperFire

    ‘After 13 public hearings, the release of 25,000 pages of documents and 50 separate briefings over the past year and a half, the arguments are the same.’

    Yes, Owebama continues to stick to his original set of lies which have been blasted, and the AP continues to pretend his lies have not been exposed.

  • golfingirl

    President Obama says he will “now face the full weight of the American justice system.”

    What is that, drop a feather on his head?

    We just released five, and caught one. What a deal!

  • Scout

    Instead of ‘justice’ he should ‘swim with the fishes’. Of course I’m speaking of Khattala in case anyone ‘misunderstands’.

  • Starryeyes63

    Abu Khattala had at least two sit down interviews with the AP, WAS NOT in hiding it took 645 days to arrest him, but only 16 days to arrest the “film maker” who made the video this was “blamed on” why wait just another diversion. nothing to see here move along.

  • TruthWhisperer

    Yet you are not a soldier, You only hear story’s because you do not have what it takes.

    Even with your GI Joe Kung Fu Grip picture, We both know the truth dont we :-)

  • golfingirl

    Remember…..ignore!

  • SniperFire

    Sometimes it is hard to resist the low hanging fruit. LOL

  • golfingirl

    Fruit is the correct word!

  • Starryeyes63

    Is easy for lieteller…… He won’t tell us what his has done for his country…..

  • TruthWhisperer

    Aww you both also need to have encouragement sessions also?

    How cute, thanks for adding substance to the conversation, Then again I guess all you have left is complaining to each other since you cant answer simple questions.

    Good luck with your circle jerk,

    Ill be here in reality whenever you want to participate.

  • TruthWhisperer

    Dont need to as your approval means zero. Just like your actions here.

    Meaningless.