FBI Pledges to Hunt Benghazi Attackers for ‘As Long As It Takes’

This photo taken on September 11, 2012 shows a vehicle and surrounding buildings smoldering after they were set on fire inside the US mission compound in Benghazi.
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Sara Sorcher
Feb. 4, 2014, 6:31 a.m.

The FBI will “nev­er give up” on its — so far fruit­less — man­hunt to find and cap­ture those re­spons­ible for the Benghazi at­tack that killed U.S. Am­bas­sad­or Chris Stevens and three oth­er Amer­ic­ans on Sept. 11 two years ago, Dir­ect­or James Comey pledged Tues­day.

Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., asked Comey at a House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee hear­ing when poli­cy­makers can ex­pect to see “some move­ment” in the on­go­ing quest to find those re­spons­ible for killing the am­bas­sad­or and three oth­er Amer­ic­an per­son­nel who re­main at large. By move­ment, Miller  said he wants to see them cap­tured, killed, or de­tained.

Comey couldn’t say, ex­actly.

He did stress: “We will nev­er give up on this mat­ter, un­til we have the people [re­spons­ible] in our cus­tody”¦. As long as it takes. The one thing we don’t do at the FBI is ever for­get.”

For the first time, the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion last month named two mil­it­ant groups in Libya as be­ing re­spons­ible for the at­tack — branches of An­sar al-Sharia in the cit­ies of Derna and Benghazi. It also labeled Sufi­an bin Qumu, a former Guantanamo Bay de­tain­ee and now the lead­er of the Derna branch, as a glob­al ter­ror­ist; a seni­or lead­er of the Benghazi branch, Ahmed Abu Khat­tala, was also des­ig­nated as a ter­ror­ist.


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