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Benghazi 'mastermind' captured without shot being fired

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
6/18/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Ahmed Abu Khattala will be taken to U.S. where he will face the death penalty

Benghazi mastermind, 42-year-old Ahmed abu Khattala was apprehended by an elite Delta Force team. Modeled on the Osama bin Laden raid, the apprehension took almost a year of planning. He was apprehended without a single shot being fired.

Benghazi mastermind, 42-year-old Ahmed abu Khattala was apprehended by an elite Delta Force team. Modeled on the Osama bin Laden raid, the apprehension took almost a year of planning. He was apprehended without a single shot being fired.

Benghazi mastermind, 42-year-old Ahmed abu Khattala was apprehended by an elite Delta Force team. Modeled on the Osama bin Laden raid, the apprehension took almost a year of planning. He was apprehended without a single shot being fired.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
6/18/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Ahmed abu Khattala, Benghazi, mastermind, arrest, special forces


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Planning began in earnest in August, according to special operation officials. The mission was conducted under cover of dark on Sunday.

Two dozen Delta Force commandos and two or three FBI Hostage Rescue Team agents arrived just after midnight at the Benghazi home of Khattala. The Libyan mastermind was grabbed and bundled away into a vehicle that drove away into the night, according to officials.

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The Delta Force team reportedly tricked their way into Khattala's headquarters. He is currently in custody aboard the USS New York, which coincidentally was built using steel from the World Trade Center destroyed in September, 2001.

The elite Delta Force team had been practicing the dramatic extraction of Khattala using a mock-up of his Benghazi home at Fort Bragg, in North Carolina.

Officials had known where Khattala was for some time. Senior U.S. officials say that they had to exercise patience in their execution of the mission while the Justice Department gathered evidence needed for his prosecution, which will likely happen in Washington D.C.

The U.S. justified the capture to the United Nations with intelligence that Khatallah was planning further attempts on American lives.

A letter from the United States ambassador to the U.N., delivered to the Security Council, said an investigation: "The investigation also determined that he continued to plan further armed attacks against U.S. persons.

"The measures we have taken to capture Abu Khatallah in Libya were therefore necessary to prevent such armed attacks, and were taken in accordance with the United States' inherent right of self-defense."

At least one of the three criminal federal charges brought against Khattala - the first man arrested in connection with the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, could carry the death penalty.
 
The suspected ringleader of the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, Khatallah is suspected of organizing the attack that killed four Americans, including a U.S. ambassador and ignited a political firestorm in Washington.

A criminal complaint filed and released by the U.S. district court for Washington, D.C., accused Khattala of killing a person in the course of an attack on a federal facility, providing material support to terrorists and using a firearm in commission of a crime of violence.

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