First Steps Taken in Plans to Capture Libyan Militants
In a first step towards capturing those responsible for the deadly September 11th attacks that killed four American citizens in Benghazi, Libya, the U.S. is prepping the elite military commandos of the Joint Special Operations for a possible mission to find, capture or kill the suspected militants.
According to senior military and counterterrorism officials, Washington is preparing "target packages" and detailed information of the suspects, knowledge of the area and attack plans in anticipation of any order from President Obama to carry out action against those determined to be responsible for the violence and murders, according to the New York Times.
After facing criticism for his failure to take serious the threat reports coming out of Benghazi, President Obama has vowed to bring to justice any and all involved in the death of U.S. Ambassoder Chris Stevens and three others, although no course of action from Obama has been made public so far.
It took the administration a week to admit that the attacks were well planned and had the fingerprints of al-Qaeda, whose strength, Obama had previously claimed, was waning after the U.S. Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden last year. The administration originally said that the attacks were spontaneous and a reaction to the "Innoncence of Muslims" video.
Some suspected options include drone strikes, joint missions with Libyan authorities or Special Operations raids, like the one that took out Osama Bin Laden.
The Joint Special Operations Command is an umbrella organization that includes the Navy SEAL team that killed Bin Laden. The commandos work with the C.I.A. to update information on potential terrorist targets around the world and since the attack on the U.S. mission, they have been tracking the location of militants believed to be involved.