File this story under, “you can run, but you can’t hide.” Five years after the deadly attack on the US diplomatic compound and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, a joint operation involving US Special Operations Forces and the FBI have captured a key militant who was in involved in the terror operation.
The suspect’s name is Mustafa al-Imam. US officials wouldn’t confirm the exact location of al-Imam’s capture, just saying that it was somewhere in Libya.
The attack, which al-Imam is believed to have played a key role in was on September 11, 2012, and killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, a State Department Information Officer and two former Navy SEALs Glenn Doherty and Tyrone Woods.
They said President Trump had approved the mission, which was carried out in coordination with Libya’s internationally recognized government.
“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,” Trump said.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson added that he’d spoken with the relatives of some of the Americans who died in Benghazi. Tillerson said the U.S. would “spare no effort” to ensure al-Imam is held accountable.
“I am grateful to the FBI, our partners in the intelligence community, and the Department of Defense who made this apprehension possible. The United States will continue to investigate and identify all those who were involved in the attack – and we will hold them accountable for their crimes,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions reacted.
US officials added that al-Imam will not be going to Guantanamo Bay but is en route to Washington D.C. and will stand trial there in Federal Court.
Perhaps then, Department of Justice prosecutors can ask the suspect about the video, that supposedly triggered the attacks.
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