Published: Wed, November 01, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

15 dead in Libyan air strikes, U.S. captures 2012 embassy attack suspect

15 dead in Libyan air strikes, U.S. captures 2012 embassy attack suspect

"Yesterday, on my orders, United States forces captured Mustafa al-Imam in Libya", Trump said in a statement.

It took more than five years, but the U.S. has captured another alleged leader of the terrorist attack that took the life of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi.

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

A man seized by U.S. forces in Libya accused of involvement in an attack that killed the U.S. Ambassador in Benghazi in 2012 is a Syrian who had links to the suspected ringleader, Libyan military officials said on Tuesday.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a separate statement also said that he was "deeply grateful" to US officials for their efforts. The mastermind of the attack, Ahmed Abu Khatallah, is now on trial in Washington. Ahmad Abu Khatallah was captured in a joint military/FBI operation in 2014 and is awaiting trial in the United States.

The U.S. will continue to investigate and identify all those who were involved in the attack and hold them accountable for their crimes, Sessions said.

Al-Imam used different aliases and the officials said he participated in the attack at one of the two sites, but did not specify which one.

Assailants armed with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades blasted through the US diplomatic mission before setting it ablaze, according court documents filed in 2014.

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The last major assault in Kabul was on October 21 when a suicide attacker hit a busload of Afghan army trainees, killing 15. Health ministry spokesman Ismail Kawoosi said that at least five people had been killed and 20 wounded, including women.


"We will never forget those we lost - Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Ambassador Christopher Stevens - four courageous Americans who gave their lives in service to our nation".

Trump also used the statement to call for peace and stable government in Libya, reiterating an American commitment to combat terrorist activity in the North African country. Ambassador Stevens died from smoke inhalation.

Republicans hammered the Obama administration, in particular then-Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBlumenthal: Trump-tied data firm reaching out to WikiLeaks "significant" Tillerson eliminates key State Department sanctions office: report Intel Dem: What's in dossier more important than who paid for it MORE, over the response to the deadly Benghazi attack.

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