The U.S. official said the locations of several attackers behind the Sept. 11 armed assault on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi and a nearby CIA facility are known. The group Ansar al Sharia, which has links to al Qaeda, has been identified as behind the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

By conducting the high-profile raid that captured senior al Qaeda terrorist Abu Anas al Libi in Tripoli, the administration is likely alerting the Benghazi terrorists and possibly driving them into hiding.

Asked about the lack of action against the Benghazi attackers, a senior administration official told the Free Beacon: “A lot of people are focused heavily on delivering justice to the Benghazi attackers, and no other recent action takes away from that laser focus.”