U.S. Department of Defense (Washington, DC)

17 June 2014

Libya: Joint U.S. Department of Defense Statements On the Capture of Ahmed Abu Khatallah

Washington, D.C. — Statement from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Capture of Ahmed Abu Khatallah

"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."

Statement by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey

"Over the weekend, U.S. military forces in support of the U.S.  Department of Justice, captured Ahmed Abu Khatallah. Abu Khatallah faces criminal charges for his role in killing Americans in the attack on the U.S. temporary mission facility in Benghazi in 2012. This team of professionals acted with extraordinary skill, courage and precision, successfully carrying out a dangerous and complex capture operation resulting in no casualties. I'm proud of those who tirelessly defend our nation, our freedoms and our way of life."

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