Asserting self-defense, United States seizes suspect in Benghazi mission Attack.

Position:Ahmed Abu Khattala in Libya

On June 17, United States forces conducted a raid into Libyan territory to capture the suspected ringleader of the 2012 attacks on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, Libya:

With drones hovering overhead, about two dozen Delta Force commandos and two or three F.B.I. agents descended on the outskirts of Benghazi just after midnight local time on Monday; grabbed the suspect, Ahmed Abu Khattala; stuffed him into a vehicle and raced away, according to officials briefed on the operation. No shots were fired, and the suspect was spirited out of Libya to a United States Navy warship in the Mediterranean. (1) United States Ambassador Samantha Power wrote a four-paragraph letter to the president of the UN Security Council, acknowledging that "the United States of America has taken action in Libya to capture Ahmed Abu Khattalah, a senior leader of [a] Libyan militant group." (2) Power's letter offered the following justification under international law:

As is well known, the U.S. Temporary Mission Facility and Annex in Benghazi, Libya were attacked in September 2012, and the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed. Following a painstaking investigation, the U.S. Government ascertained that Ahmed Abu Khattalah was a key figure in those armed attacks. The investigation also determined that he continued to plan further armed attacks against U.S. persons. The measures we have taken to capture Abu Khattalah in Libya were therefore necessary to prevent such armed attacks, and were taken in accordance with the United States' inherent right of self-defense. We are reporting these measures to the Security Council in accordance with Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations. (3) On the same day, the White House issued a press release in which President Barack Obama emphasized that "[s]ince the deadly attacks on our facilities in Benghazi, I have made it a priority to find and bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of four brave...

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