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Suspect in Benghazi attack killed in US air strike in Iraq

Warren said Al Harzi, a Tunisian national, was killed last week in Mosul, which fell to Daesh forces a year ago.



By (AP)

Published: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 12:29 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:07 PM

Washington — A Daesh operative suspected of involvement in the 2012 attack on the United States diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, has been killed in a United States airstrike in Iraq, the Pentagon said on Monday.

Ali Awni Al Harzi “operated closely with multiple Daesh-associated extremists throughout North Africa and the Middle East,” Defence Department spokesman Col. Steve Warren said in a statement, using one acronym for the militant group. “His death degrades Daesh’s ability to integrate North African militants into the Syrian and Iraqi fight and removes a militant with long ties to international terrorism.”

Warren said Al Harzi, a Tunisian national, was killed last week in Mosul, which fell to Daesh forces a year ago.

California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Harzi “was responsible for planning hundreds of suicide attacks across the world and was one of the first foreign fighters” to join the Daesh group. Schiff said Harzi “was also responsible for recruiting foreign fighters and sending them to the fight in Syria.” — AP


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