June 19, 2014

Abu Khattala Speaks

Mary Fitzgerald, New Yorker

The Associated Press

Abu Khattala has repeatedly denied leading or even taking part in the assault. He has acknowledged that he was outside the U.S. compound when it was besieged; in some interviews, he claimed to have been directing traffic, though what that would mean on a night when men with guns were arriving in various vehicles is hard to say. (In a thorough and exhaustive report, David Kirkpatrick wrote in the Times that numerous people present that night described Abu Khattala as a “central figure in the attack.”) When I asked about the assault, he claimed that he and other militiamen had arrived at the scene after hearing there was a disturbance: “We were trying to bring order.”

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