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U.S. captures Benghazi suspect in secret raid

• By Karen DeYoung, Adam Goldman and Julie Tate

The officials said Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured Sunday near Benghazi by American troops, working alongside the FBI, following months of planning, and was now in U.S. custody "in a secure location outside Libya." The officials said there were no casualties in the operation and that all U.S. personnel involved have safely left Libya.

Abu Khattala's apprehension is a major victory for the Obama administration, which has been criticized for having failed so far to bring those responsible for the Benghazi attacks to justice.

Speaking at TechShop in Pittsburgh, Pa., President Obama praised U.S. Special Operations forces for "showing incredible courage and precision" in capturing Abu Khattala, who Obama said "is alleged to have been one of the masterminds" of the Benghazi attacks.

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