The administration has just announced the second person arrested in the Benghazi terrorist attack. US special ops working alongside the FBI, captured Ahmed Abu Khattala near Benghazi and is in U.S. custody “in a secure location outside Libya.” There were no casualties in the operation, and that all U.S. personnel involved have safely left Libya.
The first Benghazi arrest of course was political prisoner Nakoula Basseley Nakoula the man who created the anti-Islam video the Administration first said was the cause of the terrorist attack.
Khattala’s apprehension is a major victory for the Obama administration, which has been criticized for having failed so far to bring those responsible for the Benghazi attacks to justice.
Well criticized for that an lying and withholding information about the attack.
One jubilant official called Khattala’s capture “a reminder that when the United States says it’s going to hold someone accountable and he will face justice, this is what we mean.”
And that’s why the video creator is still in jail.
The Washington Post learned about the capture Monday but agreed to a request from the White House to delay publication of a story because of security concerns.
Last year, the U.S. Attorney in the District filed charges against Khattala and at least a dozen others in connection with the Benghazi attacks. None besides Khattala — who is expected to be arraigned in Washington — has been apprehended.
Officials, speaking on condition of anonymity about the still-secret operation, would not say where Khattala was being held. They said he was “en route” to the United States, but would not say when he was expected to arrive.
According to a U.S. official the grabbing of Khattala ” was a unilateral U.S. operation.”
“We have made clear to successive Libyan governments our intention to bring to justice the perpetrators of the attack on our facilities in Benghazi,” the official said. “So it should come as no surprise to the Libyan government that we would take advantage of an opportunity to bring Abu Khatalla to face justice.”
Ahmed Abu Khattala who was interviewed a few times by American media his interview with CNN is embedded below. He has denied any connection with the 9/11/12 attack.
Source: Washington Post
UPDATE: Apparently the person arrested first, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the creator of the YouTube video initially blamed for the attack was a former neighbor of my friend Ed Morrissey of Hot Air.
Besides admitting he lived in a weird neighborhood before he moved from California..Ed adds some valuable insight to the story in his post on today’s arrest. I recommend you give it a read by clicking here.