Obama praises ‘incredible courage and precision’ in capture of Benghazi suspect

While delivering remarks at TechShop in Pittsburgh, President Obama addressed the capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala, one of the suspected ringleaders of the 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. (The Associated Press)

President Obama lauded U.S. Special Operations forces Tuesday for the successful capture of a suspected ringleader of the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

Speaking at TechShop in Pittsburgh, Pa., Obama praised military personnel for “showing incredible courage and precision” in capturing Ahmed Abu Khattala, who is alleged to have been one of the masterminds behind the Benghazi attacks.

“He is now being transported back to the United States,” Obama said.

The president added, “It's important for us to send a message to the world that when Americans are attacked, no matter how long it takes, we will find those responsible, and we will bring them to justice. And that's a message I sent the day after it happened, and regardless of how long it takes, we will find you.”

Sean Sullivan contributed to this post

Juliet Eilperin is a White House correspondent for The Washington Post, covering domestic and foreign policy as well as the culture of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. She is the author of two books—one on sharks, and another on Congress, not to be confused with each other—and has worked for the Post since 1998.
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