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US COMMANDOS in TWO RAIDS in SOMALIA and LIBYA
« on: October 06, 2013, 08:02:08 AM »


U.S. says captures al Qaeda leader
in Libya, also raids Somalia


(Reuters) - U.S. forces launched raids in Libya and Somalia on Saturday, two weeks after the deadly Islamist attack on a Nairobi shopping mall, capturing a top al Qaeda figure wanted for the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, U.S. officials said.

The Pentagon said senior al Qaeda figure Anas al Liby was seized in the raid in Libya, but a U.S. official said the raid on the Somali town of Barawe failed to capture or kill the intended target from the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab movement.

Liby, believed to be 49, has been under U.S. indictment for his alleged role in the East Africa embassy bombings that killed 224 people.

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Liby, also known as Nazih al-Ragye, was arrested at dawn in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, as he was heading home after morning prayers, a neighbor and militia sources said.

"As I was opening my house door, I saw a group of cars coming quickly from the direction of the house where al-Ragye lives. I was shocked by this movement in the early morning," said one of his neighbors, who did not give his name, "They kidnapped him. We do not know who are they."

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SOMALIA FIREFIGHT

A Somali intelligence official said the target of the raid at Barawe, about 110 miles south of Mogadishu, was a Chechen commander, who had been wounded and his guard killed. Police said a total of seven people were killed.

The New York Times quoted a spokesman for al Shabaab as saying that one of its fighters had been killed in an exchange of gunfire but that the group had beaten back the assault.

It quoted an unnamed U.S. security official as saying that the Barawe raid was planned a week and a half ago in response to the al Shabaab assault on a Nairobi shopping mall last month in which at least 67 people died.

"It was prompted by the Westgate attack," the official said.

Residents said fighting erupted at about 3 a.m. (8 p.m. EDT on Saturday). "We were awoken by heavy gunfire last night, we thought an al Shabaab base at the beach was captured," Sumira Nur, a mother of four, told Reuters from Barawe on Saturday.

"We also heard sounds of shells, but we do not know where they landed."

The New York Times quoted witnesses as saying that the firefight lasted more than an hour, with helicopters called in for air support.

READ ARTICLE ~~~>http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/06/us-somalia-rebels-usa-seals-idUSBRE9940DZ20131006


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U.S. Raids in Libya and Somalia Strike Terror Targets

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK, NICHOLAS KULISH and ERIC SCHMITT

Published: October 5, 2013

NY TIMES~~>http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/06/world/africa/Al-Qaeda-Suspect-Wanted-in-US-Said-to-Be-Taken-in-Libya.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20131006&_r=0

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Re: US COMMANDOS in TWO RAIDS in SOMALIA and LIBYA
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2013, 08:12:28 AM »

SOMALIA RAID:


"SEAL Team Six members encountered fiercer resistance than expected so after a 15-20 minute firefight, the unit leader decided to abort the mission and they swam away."


http://www.arabnews.com/news/466883

US raids net Libyan Al-Qaeda leader
but miss Somali target


MOGADISHU, Somalia: In a stealthy seaside assault in Somalia and in a raid in Libya’s capital, US special forces on Saturday struck out against Islamic extremists who have carried out terrorist attacks in East Africa, snatching a Libyan Al-Qaeda leader allegedly involved in the bombings of US embassies 15 years ago but aborting a mission to capture a terrorist suspect linked to last month’s Nairobi shopping mall attack after a fierce firefight.

A US Navy SEAL team swam ashore near a town in southern Somalia before militants of the Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group Al-Shabab rose for dawn prayers, US and Somali officials told The Associated Press. The raid on a house in the town of Barawe targeted a specific Al-Qaeda suspect related to the mall attack, but the operation did not get its target, one current and one former US military official told AP.

Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the raid publicly.
In Washington, Pentagon spokesman George Little confirmed that US military personnel had been involved in a counterterrorism operation against a known Al-Shabab terrorist in Somalia, but did not provide details.
US officials said there were no US casualties in either the Somali or Libyan operation.

The Somali raid was carried out by members of SEAL Team Six, the same unit that killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in his Pakistan hideout in 2011, another senior US military official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly.

But this time, SEAL Team Six members encountered fiercer resistance than expected so after a 15-20 minute firefight, the unit leader decided to abort the mission and they swam away, the official said. SEAL Team Six has responsibility for counterterrorism activities in the Horn of Africa.

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