Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Benghazi attacker nailed by feds but timing of arrest questionable

One of the primary suspected terrorist perpetrators responsible for Sept. 11, 2012 Benghazi, Libya, attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission that left four Americans dead was nabbed by U.S. military and law enforcement. The suspected terrorist is currently on his way to the United States, according to a Pentagon spokesperson on Tuesday, and several counterterrorism experts in the military and law enforcement communities are questioning the timing of the arrest.
"I can confirm that on Sunday, June 15 the U.S. Military -- in cooperation with law enforcement personnel -- captured Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a key figure in the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012. He is in U.S. custody in a secure location outside of Libya. There were no civilian casualties related to this operation, and all U.S. personnel involved in the operation have safely departed Libya," Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said during a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Pentagon, Ansar al-Sharia commander Ahmed Abu Khattala had been nabbed on Sunday during a U.S. military and law enforcement covert operation and he is expected to be prosecuted as a criminal and not an enemy combatant.

It was well-known within military, law enforcement and news media circles, that the suspect had been under surveillance for a number of months. In fact, he had been interviewed several times by reporters covering the Benghazi massacre and jihad in Libya in general.

"While this is great news, it is far less dramatic than the U.S. operation that located and killed al-Qaida icon Osama bin Laden. And you can't fault those people who question the timing of this arrest," said former intelligence and police officer Michael Snopes.

Khattala has been fingered by the Obama administration as one of the ringleaders of the Benghazi attack, in which U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans died.

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