WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says the Libyan militant taken into U.S. custody in the Benghazi attacks was motivated by his extremist ideology.
According to a court filing Tuesday night, Ahmed Abu Khattala (Kha-TALL-ah) was a commander of an extremist brigade that was absorbed into Ansar al- Shariah after the recent Libyan revolution.
The brigade is an Islamic extremist militia in Libya that holds anti-Western views and advocates the establishment of Shariah law in Libya.
The State Department designated Ansar al-Shariah in Benghazi a foreign terrorist organization in January.
Abu Khattala is to appear at a detention hearing Wednesday before Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.