High-profile U.S. Special Operations missions, mapped

The raid by U.S. Special Operations troops conducted over the weekend and acknowledged by U.S. officials today to capture one of the alleged leaders of the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, is far from the first high-profile mission by the Pentagon’s most elite troops within the last year.

Here’s a look at some others, all either conducted in Africa, or with ties to Africa:

It isn’t yet clear which U.S. Special Operations force conducted the mission on Sunday that captured Ahmed Abu Khattala. The State Department designated him a “senior leader” of the Benghazi branch of the extremist organization Ansar al-Sharia, which arose after the 2011 fall of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi. Ansar al-Sharia was also designated a terrorist organization and held specifically responsible for the Sept. 11, 2012, assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi that left U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and State Department information management officer Sean Smith dead.

Two CIA contractors, Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty, were killed early the next day in a mortar attack at a nearby CIA annex.

Dan Lamothe covers national security for The Washington Post and anchors its military blog, Checkpoint.
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