You have reached a collection of archived material.

The content available is no longer being updated and may no longer be applicable as a result of changes in law, regulation and/or administration. If you wish to see the latest content, please visit the current version of the site.

For persons with disabilities experiencing difficulties accessing content on archive.defense.gov, please use the DoD Section 508 Form. In this form, please indicate the nature of your accessibility issue/problem and your contact information so we can address your issue or question.

United States Department of Defense United States Department of Defense

DoD News

Bookmark and Share

 News Article

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.

Contact Author



Additional Links

Stay Connected