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Nearly two years after deadly Benghazi attack, a Libyan militant, Ahmed Abu Khattala, is in US custody and will be tried ...
in the US. (June 17)
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SHOTLIST:AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYArlington, Virginia - 17 June 20141. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) Rear Adm. John Kirby, Pentagon Press Secretary"Sunday night on orders from the Commander in Chief, the United States military conducted an operation to capture Ahmed Abu Khattala. Khattala has been charged for his role in the attacks on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya on September 11th, 2012. No US personnel or civilians were injured in this operation which was carried out in close coordination with law enforcement personnel."2. White Flash3. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) Rear Adm. John Kirby, Pentagon Press Secretary"The United States has taken Khattala to a secure location outside Libya, he will be brought to the United States to stand trial in a court of law. Secretary Hagel is proud of everyone who meticulously planned and executed this operation. They took great personal risk to fulfill our pledge that the United States will do whatever it takes to ensure justice comes to those who harm American citizens."4. White Flash5. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) Rear Adm. John Kirby, Pentagon Press Secretary"We've long made it clear, that we were going to hold accountable the perpetrators of Benghazi. This should come as no surprise to anyone, least of all the Libyan government and I can tell you that they were notified, they were notified about this capture operation."6. White Flash7. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) Rear Adm. John Kirby, Pentagon Press Secretary"What matters is not that it took a matter of time to get him, but that we got him and I can't speak for his living habits, but let's just say for argument sake he was living in plain sight, he's not anymore."STORYLINE:A Libyan militant suspected in the deadly September 11, 2012, attack on Americans in Benghazi has been captured and is in U.S. custody, marking the first U.S. apprehension of an alleged perpetrator in the assault that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.The Pentagon press secretary, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Ahmed Abu Khattala, a senior leader of the Benghazi branch of the terror group Ansar al-Shariah in Libya, "will be brought to the United States to stand trial in a court of law." Abu Khattala, was captured by U.S. forces on Sunday and is being held in an undisclosed location outside of Libya.Stevens was the first U.S. ambassador to be killed in the line of duty in more than 30 years.