Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sent this release after the announcement of the apprehension of one of the ringleaders in the Benghazi attacks.

I want to commend all the service members who were involved in the planning and execution of the operation to capture Ahmed Abu Khatallah. Their tireless efforts may only be known to a few but are felt by all Americans who are proud of what they do every day to defend this nation.

 This successful counter terrorism operation is another example of the extraordinary capabilities of the United States military and our unrelenting commitment to hold accountable those who harm American citizens.