WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say special operations forces have captured a militant who was instrumental in the attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. The attack resulted in the death of the American ambassador to the country.
The officials say U.S. commandos captured the unidentified man in Libya and are transporting him back to the U.S. The officials say the mission was approved by President Trump and done in coordination with Libya's internationally recognized government.
Trump said the captured militant, identified by a U.S. official as Mustafa al-Imam, will "face justice" in the U.S.
Trump Monday confirmed that he ordered the Special Forces operation that led to the capture of al-Imam for his alleged role in the September 2012 attack that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya. Trump said the "four brave Americans" were serving their country.
Although five years have passed since the fatal attack, Trump said "our memory is deep and our reach is long."
He said the U.S. will not rest in its efforts to find and bring everyone who was involved in the attack to justice.
The attack was the fodder of multiple congressional investigations to determine what went wrong and whether the Obama administration misled the public on the details of the bloody assault.