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Accused leader of 2012 Benghazi attacks on U.S. diplomats to face trial in federal court

Accused leader of 2012 Benghazi attacks on U.S. diplomats to face trial in federal court

The accused Libyan ringleader of the 2012 Benghazi attacks goes on trial here Monday, providing another test for the government’s ability to prosecute high-profile terrorism cases in civilian courts even as the White House supports using military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay.

The federal trial also will shine a light on the U.S. detention of terrorism suspects in secret — the latest being a still-unidentified American citizen who was captured in Syria by local militias on Sept. 12 and handed over to the U.S. military, which said he had fought for Islamic State.

The Trump administration has yet to publicly identify the American or say where he is being held. It’s not clear if he...

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