A key figure in the 2012 Benghazi attacks was captured in a Navy SEAL raid in Libya on Sunday, notching another victory in the Trump administration’s recent string in the fight against radical Islamic terroritsm.
Fox News reports that the mission was approved by President Donald Trump and carried out in conjunction with Libya’s government.
“Yesterday, on my orders, United States forces captured Mustafa al-Imam in Libya,” the president said Monday in a White House-issued statement.
“Because of this successful operation, al-Imam will face justice in the United States for his alleged role in the September 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi.”
In the release, the president also addressed the families of the four Americans who were killed in the terrorist attack, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
“To the families of these fallen heroes: I want you to know that your loved ones are not forgotten, and they will never be forgotten,” Trump wrote.
“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.”
According to The Associated Press, al-Imam was captured in the raid about midnight in the port city of Misrata and taken to a Navy ship. He is charged with killing or conspiring to kill someone during an attack on a federal facility, providing support for terrorists, and using a firearm in connection with a violent crime.
“I am grateful to the FBI, our partners in the intelligence community, and the Department of Defense who made this apprehension possible,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said, in a statement.
“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.”
Trump also pledged to ensure the nascent government in Libya remained stable, something that’s long been a worry given the country’s recent history of terrorism and violence.
“The United States will continue to support our Libyan partners to ensure that ISIS and other terrorist groups do not use Libya as a safe haven for attacks against United States citizens or interests, Libyans, and others,” the statement read.
The arrest was a missed story on a day where there was plenty more to talk about. However, just because it was missed doesn’t mean it wasn’t important, even though indictments and one of Hollywood’s biggest actors being outed as a likely pederast are definitely bigger headline-grabbers.
One of the key reasons Donald Trump was able to take up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in the first place was his unwavering commitment, on the campaign trail, to stopping international terrorism.
In the last month alone, we’ve seen the full liberation of Raqqa and the apprehension of one of the alleged planners of the Benghazi attacks. In the meanwhile, the Islamic State group is in tatters and the administration has reaffirmed our commitment to Afghanistan.
Whether the Trump administration can keep this sort of momentum on Islamist terrorism going is another matter, but it’s certainly had its victories — and Sunday was definitely another one.
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