(Reuters) – Two U.S. raids in Africa show the United States is pressuring al Qaeda, officials said on Sunday, though a failure in Somalia and an angry response in Libya also highlighted Washington’s problems.
In Tripoli, U.S. forces snatched a Libyan wanted over the bombings of the American embassy in Nairobi 15 years ago and whisked him out of the country, prompting Secretary of State John Kerry to declare that al Qaeda leaders “can run but they can’t hide”.
But the capture of Nazih al-Ragye, better known as Abu Anas al-Liby, also provoked a complaint about the “kidnap” from the Western-backed prime minister; he faces a backlash from armed Islamists who have carved out a share of power since the West helped Libyan rebels oust Muammar Gaddafi two years ago.
- U.S. says captures al Qaeda leader in Libya, also raids Somalia (soshitech.com)
- Libya calls for US raid explanation (bbc.co.uk)
- numerology for Nazih al-Ragye (Abu Anas al-Liby) (newsnumerology.com)
- Raids show U.S. threat to al Qaeda – Kerry (worldbulletin.net)
- U.S. says it raided Somalia, also captured al Qaeda leader in Libya (infomtaanews.wordpress.com)
- Libyan Al Qaeda Militant Wanted by FBI for 1998 Embassy Bombings Allegedly Abducted in Tripoli (UPDATE: CNN Reports U.S. Special Forces Captured Him) (theblaze.com)
- Anas al-Libi, Wanted by US, Captured in Libya (theepochtimes.com)
- US says Libyan Qaeda chief arrested (rinf.com)
- Abu Anas al-Libi, Libyan Militant, Reportedly Kidnapped In Tripoli (huffingtonpost.com)
- US captures Al Qaeda leader In Libya, also raids Somalia (timesofmalta.com)