More than five years following the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, U.S. troops operating in Libya have captured a suspect in the incident.
The man, Mustafa al-Imam, is believed to have taken part in the attack and has been described as “instrumental” in its planning and execution.
“Yesterday, on my orders, United States forces captured Mustafa al-Imam in Libya,” read a statement from President Trump.
The attack left four dead, included Christopher Stevens, the top American diplomat in Libya at the time.
Few details surrounding al-Imam’s capture have been revealed, but one unnamed official stated he was captured by U.S. Special Operation Forces in a raid on Misurata authorized by Trump with the knowledge of the Libyan Government of National Accord.
Following his capture, al-Imam was taken to a U.S. warship in Misurata and turned over to the Justice Department. Al-Imam is expected to arrive in approximately two weeks in the U.S. for trial.
Al-Imam’s capture is the second arrest made in connection with the incident. In June 2014, Ahmed Abu Khattala, who is believed to have led the attack, was captured in Libya. His trial began in New York in October 2017.
The Benghazi attack inspired a string of congressional inquiries targeting then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her management over the department and response to the crisis.
A special House committee later absolved Ms. Clinton of wrongdoing.
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