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Old 10-05-2013, 09:52 PM  
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US Commando Raids Target Islamist Leaders In Africa

US commando raids target Islamist leaders in Africa
5 October 2013 Last updated at 22:18 ET

Anas al-Libi Al-Libi has been on the FBI's most wanted list



US special forces have carried out two separate raids in Africa targeting senior Islamist militants, American officials say.

In Libya, US commandos captured an al-Qaeda leader accused of the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

Anas al-Libi was reportedly seized in the capital Tripoli.

And a leader of the al-Shabab group was targeted in southern Somalia, but that raid appears to have failed.

The al-Shabab leader - who has not been identified - is suspected of involvement in last month's attack in the Westgate shopping centre in Kenya's capital Nairobi, which left at least 67 people dead.

Anas al-Libi's relatives and US officials said he had been seized in the Libyan capital early on Saturday.

He was parking outside his house when three vehicles encircled him, his car's window was smashed and his gun was seized before he was taken away, his brother Nabih was quoted as saying by AP.

He added that Libi's wife wife also saw the attack, describing the abductors as foreign-looking "commandos".

The raid was conducted with the knowledge of the Libyan government, a US official was quoted as saying by CNN.
Kenyan security guards at the scene of the bombing near the US embassy in Nairobi. Photo: August 1998 More than 220 people died in the 1998 embassy attack in Kenya and Tanzania

US officials later said that the suspect was no longer in Libya, without elaborating further.

The 49-year-old is believed to be one of the masterminds of the 1998 US embassy attacks, which killed more than 220 people in Kenya and Tanzania.

He has been indicted in New York's court in connection with the attacks.

Libi - whose real name is Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai- has been on the FBI's most wanted list for more than a decade with a $5m (3.1m) bounty on his head.

Al-Qaeda's leadership has been consistently targeted since the killing of Osama Bin Laden by US special forces in 2011 in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, the US defence department confirmed that special forces had carried out a seaborne in the southern coastal town of Barawe.

Pentagon spokesman George Little said the forces "were involved in a counter-terrorism operation against a known al-Shabab terrorist". He declined to provide any further details.

Initial reports in the US media quoted unnamed US officials as saying that the suspect had been captured or killed by US Navy Seals in Somalia in the pre-dawn raid.

However, the officials later said that the Seals failed to find the intended target, who was not identified.

"The Barawe raid was planned a week and a half ago," a US security official told the New York Times.

"It was prompted by the Westgate attack," added the official, who was speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Al-Shabab earlier told the BBC that "white soldiers" had arrived by boat in Barawe and rebels had repulsed them, losing a fighter.

Local group commander Mohamed Abu Suleiman said the raid had failed and the group remained in control of Barawe.

Both Britain and Turkey deny al-Shabab claims that their forces were involved in the operation.

Barawe residents said say they were woken up by heavy fighting before dawn.

"Gunfire broke out for about 10-15 minutes," an eyewitness told AFP news agency.

Al-Shabab has said it carried out the attack in the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi on 21 September.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24417099
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:45 PM   #46
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So we're blaming Obama for Iraq War II?
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:12 PM   #47
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So we're blaming Obama for Iraq War II?
We're blaming Obama for losing Iraq.
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:20 PM   #48
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? Last I checked, Saddam doesn't have any WMDs.
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:16 PM   #49
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? Last I checked, Saddam doesn't have any WMDs.
Last I checked Saddam was dead. you ****ing Moron.
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:22 PM   #50
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Last I checked Saddam was dead. you ****ing Moron.
He's still right.
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He's still right.
No hes not.
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:32 PM   #52
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Okay, but, what about the ones in this forum being silent? Same problem, Obama cuties?
They shouldn't be. This stuff isn't something that you credit the Obama administration with. These particular incidents are a feather in his cap, useful for political gain. But the story is much older than the current administration. I don't think you can blame any particular party or POTUS for it. It begins with systematic failures of our intelligence community more than a decade ago, well before Obama was even being considered as a candidate. Changes were made. We have invested over time, and we are now seeing the benefit of that.
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We're blaming Obama for losing Iraq.
Actually, we declared victory in Iraq long before Obama could lose it...

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? Last I checked, Saddam doesn't have any WMDs.
Saddam will never have WMDs, thanks to Bush/Cheney.
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Actually, we declared victory in Iraq long before Obama could lose it...
I'm sure you think that's clever, but it's really irrelevant. Obama was handed an American success and he fundamentally transformed it into a failure.
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Saddam will never have WMDs, thanks to Bush/Cheney.
Awesome. Let's pull out and let the National Guard do a little nation building here at home. We can start with Detroit.
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Awesome. Let's pull out and let the National Guard do a little nation building here at home. We can start with Detroit.
We've already pulled out. That's why all the hard earned gains of the surge are now being lost. Obama squandered the victory he inherited.
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We've already pulled out. That's why all the hard earned gains of the surge are now being lost. Obama squandered the victory he inherited.
You do realize that the timetable for the withdrawl was set by the Bush administration, right?
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You do realize that the timetable for the withdrawl was set by the Bush administration, right?
I realize that we didn't withdraw under Bush and that Bush wasn't in charge when the US ultimately failed to reach a status of forces agreement with the Iraqis. You can wrap yourself in whatever fairy tales you need to help you sleep at night, but the reality is that Bush surged into Iraq to achieve a victory despite the domestic politics aligned against it while Obama failed to find a way to preserve that victory and, in the end, chose domestic politics over national security when he ordered our withdrawal.
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Old 10-30-2013, 02:47 PM   #60
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Its not difficult to imagine incompetence as being the key factor . Moles ?
You can blame it on the transition from the Cold War to the War On Terror if you'd like. We didn't handle that transition well.
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