Breaking: Benghazi Suspect Captured, Now in U.S. Custody
U.S. Special Operations forces captured one of the suspected ringleaders of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi in a secret raid in Libya over the weekend, the first time one of the accused perpetrators of the 2012 assault has been apprehended, according to U.S. officials.
The officials said Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured Sunday near Benghazi by American troops, working alongside the FBI, following months of planning, and was now in U.S. custody “in a secure location outside Libya.” The officials said there were no casualties in the operation, and that all U.S. personnel involved have safely left Libya.
The big story here is that a key suspect in the Benghazi attack is now in U.S. custody, showing that President Obama meant it when he pledged that the U.S. would find those responsible and bring them to justice and finally giving the GOP's Benghazi committee something real to talk about. Of course, if they did that, they might have to take impeachment off the table, so I wouldn't hold your breath.
9:32 AM PT: President Obama releases a statement, calling the arrest part of our nation's "unwavering commitment to bring to justice those responsible for harming Americans" and including this line...
I recently authorized an operation in Libya to detain an individual charged for his role in these attacks, Ahmed Abu Khatallah.
...which I'm sure will somehow serve as the basis of articles of impeachment to be drafted soon by Darrell Issa or Trey Gowdy. (The full statement is below the fold.)