Public memory of the devastating attack on the US embassy in Benghazi, Libya has not faded, as Americans seek a conclusion to the tragic event that left four Americans dead–including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
Americans are on the alert now that justice appears close to being served. According to Fox News, US forces have captured a Libyan militant involved in the deadly September 11, 2012, Benghazi attack. The suspect is being brought to the US, where he will be charged in federal court.
Mustafa al-Imam was caught Sunday at an undisclosed location on Sunday. He is currently en route to Washington, DC, where the Jeff Sessions-led Justice Department will lead the prosecution. Officials say al-Imam will not be sent to Guantanamo Bay.
The mission that resulted in the militant’s capture was carried out by American special forces and FBI agents and approved by President Donald Trump. The Libyan government cooperated in coordinating the attack.
The White House celebrated the achievement and gave words of comfort to the Americans most affected by the tragedy. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke with relatives of those who were killed in Benghazi, promising them the concert would “spare no effort” to hold al-Imam to justice.
President Trump echoed those sentiments: “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.”
Attorney General Sessions also reacted, saying “I am grateful to the FBI, our partners in the intelligence community, and the Department of Defense who made this apprehension possible. The United States will continue to investigate and identify all those who were involved in the attack – and we will hold them accountable for their crimes.”
The other Americans killed in the Benghazi attack were Sean Smith, an information management officer with the US Foreign Service, as well as two former Navy SEALs, Glen Doherty and Tyrone S. Woods.
Another Benghazi conspirator is also facing the American criminal justice system. The alleged mastermind of the attack, Ahmed Abu Khattala, is in the middle of a trial, which began earlier this month. Khattala had been awaiting trial since 2014 when a team of US army commandos and FBI agents captured him in Benghazi and placed him in detention on a US Navy ship.
The Benghazi attacks have been a source of controversy, with detractors of the Obama administration saying the Clinton State Department mishandled the embassy’s security in the face of rising danger. As Christian News Alerts reports, the US State Department rejected the Benghazi bid of experienced security contractor Torres Advanced Enterprise Solutions, going instead with an obscure, less expensive British company that hired unarmed guards.
US Special Forces have captured a suspected Benghazi militant. Does this help bring closure to the attack?
Eventually, the State Department tried to hire Torres when the dangers in Benghazi escalated, but the deadly attack occurred before the changes could be made. The State Department then instructed Torres not to speak about the matter publicly.
Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama also initially told America the Benghazi attack was a spontaneous response to a Youtube video about Islam, even though evidence suggests they knew the attack was carefully premeditated and orchestrated.
Now that the involved Libyan militant has been captured, perhaps some justice can be attained for those who lost their lives.