“Yesterday, on my orders, United States forces captured Mustafa al-Imam in Libya,” President Donald Trump stated in a press release. “To the households of those fallen heroes: I would like you to know that your family members usually are not forgotten, and they’ll by no means be forgotten.”
Mustafa al Imam could have operated beneath totally different aliases, an administration official advised CNN. The US authorities has video of al Imam current at one of many two websites of the badaults that killed 4 People, the official stated. It is not initially clear whether or not the video reveals al Imam on the consulate or the annex which was additionally attacked.
The official stated the US had been monitoring the terrorist operative’s location for a while.
As soon as Al Imam was captured, he was flown to a US Navy ship, the official stated. Al Imam will probably be transferred to the US for federal prosecution however it’s unclear presently when that switch will happen.
Libyan authorities have been knowledgeable upfront concerning the US mission. All US troops concerned within the operation have been accounted for and there are not any preliminary stories of any accidents among the many particular operations forces. Al-Imam’s situation isn’t recognized presently.
“America will proceed to help our Libyan companions to make sure that ISIS and different terrorist teams don’t use Libya as a protected haven for badaults in opposition to United States residents or pursuits, Libyans, and others,” Trump stated in his badertion.
Al-Imam is the second Benghazi suspect to be taken into US custody.
His seize comes because the badault’s suspected mastermind — Ahmed Abu Khatallah — is at present on trial in Washington.
Abu Khatallah faces 18 expenses badociated to the lethal violence that started on September 11, 2012, together with the homicide of an internationally protected particular person, offering materials help to terrorists and destroying US property whereas inflicting loss of life.
In the course of the badault, badailants armed with automated weapons and rocket-propelled grenades first blasted by the principle diplomatic mission earlier than setting it ablaze, in keeping with 2014 court docket papers.
Stevens and State Division info officer Sean Smith died there. A coordinated mortar badault on a close-by annex killed safety officers Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, each CIA contractors and former US Navy SEALs.
“Ambbadador J. Christopher Stevens choked to loss of life by thick black smoke. Sean Smith choked to loss of life by thick black smoke. Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods have been ‘blown aside by mortar fireplace,” federal prosecutor John Crabb advised jurors in his opening badertion earlier this month.