This undated image obtained from Facebook shows Ahmed Abu Khattala, an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, who was captured by U.S. special forces on the outskirts of Benghazi June 15, 2014. (AP Photo)
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The suspected ringleader of a 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, snatched this week by U.S. forces, had been fighting a Libyan general committed to root out Islamist rebels when he vanished without trace, according to his brother.The United States, which lost four officials including Ambassador Chris Stevens in the 2012 attack, has given few details of the operation in an area where Tripoli struggles to assert its rule -- a reflection of the chaos in the oil producer three years after the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi.Washington says that Khatallah will go on trial in the United States.When U.S. forces launched a similar operation in Tripoli in October against Abu Anas al-Liby, wanted for involvement in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, residents said that people speaking Libyan Arabic had been involved.Khatallah had denied in a Reuters interview in October 2012 that he was a leader of Ansar al-Shariah, an Islamist group Washington accuses of carrying out the assault on the consulate. But his brother Abu Bakr said that he had joined the battle against Haftar whose troops, beyond the command of Tripoli, have launched several attacks on suspected Islamist bases.
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