U.S. raids in Libya, Somalia and captures Al-Qaida leader
October 7 , 2013
US Army's Delta Force raided Tripoli and seized a Libyan al-Qaeda leader out of his home.
Secretary of State John Kerry, who is currently in Indonesia, mentioned that his capture proves that the U.S "will never stop in the effort to hold those accountable who conduct acts of terror." He said members of terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda "literally can run but they can't hide."
The al-Qaeda leader is linked to the bombings of two 1998 American embassies in Africa and has been on the most wanted terrorist list of the FBI with a $5 bounty on his head; the man was identified as Nazih Abdul-Hamad al-Ruqai and according to the Pentagon, he is "lawfully detained under the law of war in a secure location outside of Libya."
Libya has asked for clarifications from the United States regarding this raid. The incident has posed questions regarding the U.S. involvement in the country.
According to the U.S., the capture was lawful but it hasn't been clear as to whether or not the officials in Libya knew it would take place.