US: Libyan militant motivated by extremism

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.

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