North African Counterterrorism raids net 1998 embassy bomber

It took 15 years but we got him. One of the al-Qaeda operatives who helped carry out the 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania was captured in Tripoli, Libya with the help of FBI and CIA agents. And, we are told, there was a simultaneous but unrelated raid on a seaside villa in Somalia targeting the head of al-Shabab, the terrorist group that carried out the deadly mall attack in Nairobi a couple of weeks ago. New York Times: In Tripoli, American forces captured a Libyan militant who had been indicted in 2000 for his role in the 1998 bombings of the United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The militant, born Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai and known by his nom de guerre, Abu Anas al-Liby, had a $5 million bounty on his head; his capture at dawn ended a 15-year manhunt. In Somalia, the Navy SEAL team emerged before sunrise from the Indian Ocean and exchanged gunfire with militants at the home of a senior leader of the Shabab, the Somali militant group. The raid...(Read Full Post)