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AP: 5 Benghazi Suspects Not Being Seized Militarily as Terror Suspects Because Obama Admin. Wants More Evidence

This file photo taken on September 11, 2012 shows an armed man waving his rifle as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames after being set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

This file photo taken on September 12, 2012 shows a burnt house and a car inside the US embassy compound in Benghazi following an overnight attack on the building. A long-awaited inquiry into a deadly militant attack on the US mission in the Libyan city of Benghazi late on December 18, 2012 slammed State Department security arrangements there as 'grossly inadequate.' But the months-long probe also found there had been 'no immediate, specific' intelligence of a threat against the mission, which was overrun on September 11 by dozens of heavily armed militants who killed four Americans. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — U.S. officials say they have identified five men they believe might be behind the attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year. The officials say they have enough evidence to justify seizing them by military force as suspected terrorists — but not enough proof to try them in a U.S. civilian court as the Obama administration prefers.

So the officials say the men remain at large while the FBI gathers more evidence.

"The decision not to seize the men militarily underscores the White House's aim to move away from hunting terrorists as enemy combatants and toward trying them as criminals in a civilian justice system," the Associated Press reports.

The officials spoke to the AP only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss sensitive briefings publicly.

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