Ahmed Abu Khattala, accused of orchestrating 2012 attack that killed four Americans, acquitted of murder but convicted on terrorism charges

A militant accused of masterminding the 2012 attacks on US outposts in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the US ambassador and three other Americans has been convicted on terrorism-related charges but found not guilty of murder.

Prosecutors said Ahmed Abu Khattala orchestrated the deadly assault, which ignited a political firestorm in Washington and was used by opponents of Hillary Clinton during last year’s US presidential campaign. The 46-year-old pleaded not guilty to the charges and his lawyers sought to pick holes in the evidence during the trial.

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