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U.S. Airstrike Kills Person of Interest in Benghazi Attack

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2015 – A June 15 U.S. airstrike in Mosul, Iraq, killed a known Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant operative and organizational intermediary who was a person of interest in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack against U.S. personnel in Benghazi, Libya, Pentagon officials announced today.

Ali Awni al-Harzi operated closely with multiple ISIL-associated extremists throughout North Africa and the Middle East, officials said.

"His death degrades ISIL's ability to integrate North African jihadists into the Syrian and Iraqi fight and removes a jihadist with long ties to international terrorism,' officials said in a statement announcing that Harzi was killed in the airstrike.

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