Exclusive: Benghazi suspect fighting anti-Islamist general before U.S. raid




 
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Exclusive: Benghazi suspect fighting anti-Islamist general before U.S. raid
 
June 20th, 2014  
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Topic: Exclusive: Benghazi suspect fighting anti-Islamist general before U.S. raid


Exclusive: Benghazi suspect fighting anti-Islamist general before U.S. raid
By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) - The suspected ringleader of a 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, snatched this week by U.S. forces, had been fighting a Libyan general committed to root out Islamist rebels when he vanished without trace, according to his brother. I was told that he drove away with a friend on Sunday and that was the last we heard of him," said the brother of Ahmed Abu Khatallah, who was seized by U.S. special forces and spirited out of the country to an American naval ship. The United States, which lost four officials including Ambassador Chris Stevens in the 2012 attack, has given few details of the operation in an area where Tripoli struggles to assert its rule - a reflection of the chaos in the oil producer three years after the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi. Abu Khatallah's brother Abu Bakr told Reuters in an interview that past U.S. operations suggested Libyans must have helped the Americans find and capture him during the chaos of fighting around the port city of one million.




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