Navy SEAL raid nets Benghazi attack leader


A militant believed to have played a key role in the deadly 2012 attack on the USA embassy in Benghazi, Libya was captured by U.S. forces, it was revealed on Monday. "Because of this successful operation, al-Imam will face justice in the United States for his alleged role in the September 11 2012, attacks in Benghazi, which resulted in the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods-four courageous Americans who were serving our country".

Meanwhile, Mustafa Al Imam is to be transferred to the USA from the American navy ship where he is now being held following his Monday capture, for federal prosecution, CNN has reported.

Mustafa al-Imam, who was captured in Libya on Sunday, "will face justice in the United States", US President Donald Trump said in a statement on Monday. He was taken to a U.S. Navy ship at the Misrata port for transport by military plane to Washington, where he's expected to arrive within the next two days, one of the officials said.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Mr al-Imam would "face justice in federal court for his role in the attack".

Earlier this month, USA prosecutors opened their case against the suspected ringleader, Ahmed Abu Khatallah.

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She was secretary of state when the compound was targeted in September 2012. Ahmad Abu Khatallah was captured in a joint military/FBI operation in 2014 and is awaiting trial in the United States.

Assailants armed with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades blasted through the USA diplomatic mission before setting it ablaze, according court documents filed in 2014. The four American dead included Stevens, the USA ambassador to Libya at the time.

Republicans charged that because the attacks occurred just a few weeks prior to the 2012 election, the Obama administration deliberately played down the possibility of a terrorist attack.

"The Department of State family continues to mourn the loss of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods, and we will spare no effort to ensure that justice is served for these dedicated Americans and public servants", Tillerson said in a statement.

Al Imam is one of two captured in response to the Benghazi attack, in which terrorists used firearms and rocket-propelled grenades to assault a diplomatic building and kill USA servicemen.