Consulate raid suspects monitored
Five men are under round-the-clock US surveillance in Libya, wanted for questioning in the attack last year on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi.
The White House believes that there is enough proof for a military force to seize the five as terrorist suspects but it prefers to wait until investigators have enough evidence to try them in a US civilian courtroom, officials said.
The decision not to seize the men militarily underscores the White House aim to move away from hunting terrorists as enemy combatants.
Instead, the White House is looking towards a process in which most terrorist suspects are apprehended and tried by the countries where they are living, or arrested by the US with the host country's co-operation and tried in US criminal courts.