Muammar Qaddafi’s Former Spokesman Captured in Libya

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The U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
The U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

Moussa Ibrahim, the creepily suave spokesman who you might remember from Muammar Qaddafi's regime, was picked up by government forces in the town of Bani Walid earlier today, according to a Washington Post report. The town is one of the few remaining hot spots left over from last year's eight-month-long civil war, with Qaddafi loyalists still holed up there in the face of government siege. The Libyan prime minister's office claims Ibrahim is now on his way to Tripoli, although a Facebook profile purporting to belong to Ibrahim claims the whole thing is a government ruse.

Meanwhile, more news is trickling out about the September 11 attack on a U.S. consulate on the other side of the country, in Benghazi, that left four Americans (including Ambassador Christopher Stevens) dead. Though the Obama administration has yet to give full accounting of what it knew when and how its decision-making process unfolded — despite calls from leading Republican members of Congress, including one by New York Representative Pete King yesterday — we do know a little more about how the Defense Department responded. A just-released CBS News report says the Pentagon sent an unmanned drone and other aircraft into the air over the consulate, where they observed the final hours of the attack. Still, the White House maintains that troops could not have arrived at the mission any quicker than they did.