Breaking News: Suspected Ringleader in Benghazi Terror Attack Captured

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A suspected terrorist linked to the 2012 Benghazi terror attack that killed four Americans has been captured inside Libya by U.S. forces and currently is en route to the United States, Fox News has learned exclusively.

Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured just south of Benghazi and according to sources “he didn’t know what hit him”.  There was no firefight and no issues with his capture.   A small Special Forces team with one FBI agent took part in the mission and Khattala is currently being held on a U.S. Navy ship sailing back to the United States. 

Presdent Obama approved the mission on Friday--Khattala was captured Sunday.

Khattala has a sealed criminal complaint and will be tried in US courts. A concern is that the judge may want to see him presented ASAP and they are taking their time bringing him back on the U.S. Naval ship. He has been charged on 3 counts, all of which are death-penalty eligible.

An official also tells Fox that Khattala underwent an “intelligence interrogation” shortly after his capture, but will not say whether or not he has been read his Miranda rights.

Khattala was named early on as one of the possible ringleaders in the September 11th attack. As the New York Times reported, just days after President Obama reasserted his vow to bring those responsible for the attack to justice, Khattala was spotted at a luxury hotel enjoying a strawberry frappe on a patio and dismissing threats from American and Libyan governments. 

Khatalla is the alleged “on the ground” manager for the assault and we believe reported up the chain to al Qaeda.   He was a member of Ansar al-Sharia and some may make the argument that he was simply a local militia leader and not with formal connections to al Qaeda.

Below is a statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby:
 
I can confirm that on Sunday, June 15 the U.S. Military -- in cooperation with law enforcement personnel -- captured Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a key figure in the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012. He is in U.S. custody in a secure location outside of Libya. There were no civilian casualties related to this operation, and all U.S. personnel involved in the operation have safely departed Libya.
 
We will update this post as we learn more and please join us tonight at 6pmET for Special Report. 
 
Photo of Ahmed Abu Khattala via the Libya Herald

 

 

 

Tommy Vietor tells Bret "Dude, it (Benghazi) was like two years ago..."

Former Obama National Security Spokesman Tommy Vietor joined Bret live on set for Special Report  and when asked about whether he changed the word attacks to demonstrations in the Susan Rice talking points, Vietor said he did not remember because-- "Dude, this was like two years ago.."

Watch the exchange and share your thoughts with us here or via Twitter @BretBaier--

 

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Special Report Guest

Former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden will join Special Report tonight for an exclusive interview on the NSA data collection program and surrounding controversies. We’ll also discuss the New York Times article that claims there is no evidence that Al Qaeda played a role in the Benghazi attack that killed 4 Americans.

Congressman Nunes Talks Benghazi on Special Report!

Tonight on Special Report Chris Wallace sits down with Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA), member of the House Intelligence Committee, for a live, exclusive interview on Benghazi.

Congressman Nunes, and the intel committee, will hear from 3 government contractors who were on the ground in Benghazi on the night of the 9/11 attack during closed, classified sessions today.

Sources tell Fox the timeline offered by some of the contractors may differ from the public narrative that there were two distinct waves to the attack, first at the Consulate at approximately 2140 and then at the CIA Annex at 0500 the following morning, separated by a lull in the fighting.

The fighting was characterized to Fox as being more "constant, consistent" throughout the attack's 7-hr duration. If there was no "lull," it raises more questions about the lack of a significant military response to the Benghazi assault.

Congressman Nunes has made his voice heard on this topic, recently writing a letter to Speaker John Boehner saying, “there are significant discrepancies” between the timeline of events at Benghazi offered last year by the Obama administration to Congress and the account of “witnesses on the ground in Benghazi.”

Nunes says eyewitnesses assert that there was no lull in the fighting that evening between the siege of the U.S. mission and the mortar attacks at dawn the next morning that killed Tyrone Woods and Glenn Doherty, two CIA contractors who were manning the roof of the agency’s annex that evening.

Please join us at 6pmET on Fox News Channel for Special Report!

Your Questions Answered: Benghazi, Syria & Bret's Son

Bret Answers Your Questions: Zimmerman, Snowden, Scandals and Center Seat!

Thank you to everyone for submitting questions this week for our Friday Blog! We want to congratulate Chris Pilz @chrispilz and Jeff @cjjeme for the submissions on Twitter and Richard Grebenc and Jennifer Rozens for their Facebook questions-- you will be hearing from us soon so that we can get your prize out in the mail.

You can submit your questions every week and you can always join us for Twitter Trivia Tuesday's at 3pmET @BretBaier for another chance to win a prize!

Benghazi Special: Friday, June 28th at 10pmET

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