Ahmed Abu Khattalah

Accused mastermind of 2012 Benghazi attacks is convicted of terrorism but acquitted of murder of four Americans

Accused mastermind of 2012 Benghazi attacks is convicted of terrorism but acquitted of murder of four Americans

The accused ringleader of the Benghazi attacks was convicted Tuesday of terrorism-related charges but found not guilty of multiple counts of murder in armed attacks that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, in September 2012.

Despite being acquitted on the most serious charges, Ahmed Abu Khatallah still faces a potential sentence of life in prison for his role in the coordinated assaults on a U.S. diplomatic mission and nearby CIA outpost in the Libyan city, violence that became a political flashpoint in the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton’s run for the White House.

The mixed verdict, after five days of jury deliberations following a...

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