Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Trump Vows Justice as US Captures Key Benghazi Militant

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Trump Vows Justice as US Captures Key Benghazi Militant

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WASHINGTON * U.S. special operations forces captured a militant in Libya accused of playing an instrumental role in the Benghazi attacks, officials said Monday.

President Donald Trump identified the militant as Mustafa al-Imam and said his capture signified that the four Americans who died "will never be forgotten." Justice Department officials were escorting al-Imam to the United States, where he's expected to be tried in federal court.

"Our memory is deep and our reach is long, and we will not rest in our efforts to find and bring the perpetrators of the heinous attacks in Benghazi to justice," Trump said.

The Navy SEAL-led raid marked the first publicly known operation since Trump took office to target those accused of involvement in Benghazi, which mushroomed into a political fracas centered on Republican allegations of a bungled Obama administration response. Those critiques shadowed Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time of the attacks, through her presidential campaign.

U.S. forces captured al-Imam just before midnight local time Sunday around Misrata, on Libya's north coast, U.S. officials said. He was taken to a U.S. Navy ship for transport to the United States by military plane. Now in Justice Department custody, al-Imam is expected to arrive in Washington within the next two days, one of the officials said.

It wasn't immediately clear how al-Imam was involved in the violence of Sept. 11, 2012. Local officials gave conflicting accounts about his nationality.

Trump said he'd ordered the raid, and thanked the U.S. military, intelligence agencies and prosecutors for tracking al-Imam and enabling his capture. The U.S. officials said the operation was coordinated with Libya's internationally recognized government. They weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he'd spoken with the relatives of the Americans who died in Benghazi: U. …

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