House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said the Obama administration’s decision to send up to 275 military personnel to Iraq is necessary but the U.S. has “a very narrow window” to fix the deteriorating security situation in the country.
He also called the capture of Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a leader of the Benghazi branch of the terror group Ansar al-Sharia in Libya, a “little bright spot” in a “dire situation.” Khatallah allegedly was one of the organizers of the Sept. 11, 2012, terror attack on the U.S. consular facility in Benghazi.
“This is an important step. It’s done. It means we still have over a dozen individuals that we’ve been able to identify and believe participated in those events,” he told PJ Media at the National Association of Broadcasters Service to America Awards on Tuesday evening.
“They all need to be brought to justice but this was a little bright spot of good news in a very dire situation around the rest of the world and we should celebrate the intelligence folks, the FBI and military guys that put this together and effected arrest with no injuries. That’s pretty fantastic in a very dangerous place,” he added.
The National Association of Broadcasters honored legendary singer and songwriter Paul Simon with the 2014 Service to America Leadership Award at the event. The organization recognized General Motors and the General Motors Foundation with the 2014 Service to America Corporate Leadership Award.
Rogers and Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) were on hand to honor stations in their respective states for outstanding service to their local communities. In total, five radio and television stations were honored, including WLEN-FM in Adrian, Mich., and KOBI in Medford, Ore.
Walden, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said the White House should answer why the terror suspect was interviewed by several American media outlets months before his capture.
“I’m glad they caught him. He’s been interviewed by most national news organizations prior to this already I’m told so it’s good that our team finally got a hold of him so he can be prosecuted appropriately,” Walden said at the event.