The Libyan government has given the United States "tacit approval" to conduct operations inside Libya in order to apprehend suspects in last year's terrorist attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, which left four Americans dead.
According to CNN, the agreement is the same type of one that allowed U.S. forces to capture alleged longtime al-Qaeda member Abu Anas al-Libi earlier this week. "Under these approvals, key Libyan government officials are aware of potential U.S. operations but may not know the exact timing and place of a mission," and accordingly, "This means the United States could at any point decide to conduct a Benghazi operation using intelligence and military operatives in the region."
U.S. officials told reporters that the raid to catpure al-Libi and the ones to capture Benghazi suspects are considered separate events, which would explain why they were not carried out simultaneously, so as not to tip off suspects. the al-Libi raid was meant to be hush-hush for several days but his family in Libya immediately brought news of it to light..
Back in August, the Justice Department filed a sealed indictment against suspects in the attack, including the founder of Libya's Islamist militia Ansar al-Sharia, Ahmed Abu Khattalah, who according to U.S. intelligence reports, was seen at the compound during the attack.