According to U.S. intelligence officials, the suspected leader of the September 11th, 2012 attack on a US diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead, has been captured.
Officials at the Pentagon announced Tuesday that Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured by U.S. Special Operations forces in a secret weekend raid in Libya. Khattala’s capture marks the first apprehension of one of the accused perpetrators of the Benghazi attack. Officials also said that Khattala is in U.S. custody “in a secure location outside 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 Adm John Kirby wrote in a statement.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and other Congressional Republicans are urging that Khattala be held in Gitmo and tried at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
Democrats, of course, are fighting the idea. “With all of these terrorists we’ve had four or five convictions in military courts, we’ve had several hundred convictions in federal courts.” Leahy said. “Do the math.”
But Leahy’s logic falls down on the simple fact that Benghazi was a full-fledged terrorist attack, not a felony crime.
However, the GOP’s call to hold and try Khattala at Gitmo will likely fall on deaf ears. If history is any indication, the Obama administration will probably treat Khattala like the dozen other Benghazi suspects who have already been charged by a U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia over their connection to Benghazi.
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