U.S. military strikes in Libya, Somalia, captures al-Qaida leader
Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 02:10
U.S. military forces went after two alleged terrorist targets this weekend in two operations nearly 3,000 miles apart. While one strike resulted in the successful capture of the target, the outcome of the other is still uncertain.
One of the operations took place in the Libyan capital of Tripoli Saturday. Forces captured Abu Anas al Libi, an al-Qaida leader wanted for participating in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.
Libi was allegedly captured when leaving his home for morning prayers. A group of 10 masked men surprised and detained him after he reached for a concealed weapon in his car.
The second raid occurred in southern Somalia by a team of U.S. Navy SEALS. The group targeted the top leader of Al-Shabaab, which was behind a mall attack in Kenya last month. Members of the team came under fire and withdrew before confirming if they hit their target.
Despite polls showing American citizens are hesitant about U.S. military involvement in overseas conflicts, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said to reporters that the U.S. “will never stop in its effort to hold those accountable who conduct acts of terror.”