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U.S. Captures Suspected Mastermind of Benghazi Attacks Without Firing a Single Bullet

Steve Neavling
ticklethwire.com

The alleged mastermind of the deadly Benghazi attack in 2012 has finally been captured – and not a single bullet was used, CNN reports.

U.S. commandos and law enforcement spent days monitoring Ahmed Abu Khatallah before his capture Tuesday.

Khatallah’s arrest is the first connected to the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. That attack killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. citizens.

“We retain the option of adding additional charges in the coming days,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said. “Even as we begin the process of putting (Abu) Khatallah on trial and seeking his conviction before a jury, our investigation will remain ongoing as we work to identify and arrest any co-conspirators.”

FBI Has Domestic Version of Seal Team Six

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Meet the Seal Team Six of the FBI.

One of the nation’s most elite units, the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team are decked out in camouflage and armed with HK416 assault rifles, The Week reports.

Think of them as the domestic version of the U.S. Navy SEALs.

They undergo similar training, use common techniques and technology and even chase down terrorists.

But there is a difference, former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh once said.

“The members of the HRT are not commandos.”

The qualifications are strict – experience as an FBI special agent and a grueling selection process, The Week wrote.

DEA Commando-Style Squads Operating Far Beyond the War Zone

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The DEA’s commando style squads that were established during the Bush years to battle Taliban-linked drug traffickers in Afghanistan are operating in regions far beyond that war zone, field, according to the New York Times.

The Times reports that the DEA now has five commando-style squads that have been “quietly deploying for the past several years to Western Hemisphere nations — including Haiti, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Belize — that are battling drug cartels.”

“You have got to have special skills and equipment to be able to operate effectively and safely in environments like this,” said Michael A. Braun, a former head of operations for the drug agency who helped design the program, the Times reported. “The D.E.A. is working shoulder-to-shoulder in harm’s way with host-nation counterparts.”

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