On Saturday US forces captured known terrorist Abu Anas Al Liby an alleged Al Qaeda leader long suspected of being behind numerous terrorist plots throughout the Middle East. He was captured alive in Tripoli, Libya and will be taken back to the US to await trial. He was captured by the Delta Force, an elite team of the US Army attached to the Joint Special Operations Command.
Who is Abu Al Liby and what has he done? His real name is Nazih Abdul-Hamed Nabih al-Ruqai’I and he was born in 1964, the exact date is uncertain. He is an ethnic Libyan, born in Tripoli, Libya and worked as a computer analyst for Al Qaeda joining the terrorist group in 1994. In 1999 he was arrested in England after he had traveled there seeking political asylum. They were unable to hold for lack of evidence. It was also reported in 2002 he had been arrested by America forces in Afghanistan.
He was captured today after he had been indicted by the Southern District of New York on charges of conspiring to “murder, bomb and maim” US nationals. His wanted poster says: “Anas al-Liby has been indicted for his alleged role in the August 7, 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya.” There was also a $5 million bounty on his head.
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan is already demanding an explanation as to why the US performed a raid in Libya to capture one of their citizens. In a statement from his office he said: “The Libyan government is following the news of the kidnapping of a Libyan citizen who is wanted by authorities. The Libyan government has contacted to US authorities to ask them to provide an explanation.” They also said they hoped its strategic relationship with the US wouldn’t be harmed.
This will be a blow to what is left of Osama Bin Laden’s al-Qaida but certainly not the fatal blow as they have branched out with many terrorist cells throughout the world. There is also some concern that these cells could retaliate in some way.
In addition to the raid in Libya a second raid led by the US Navy Seals near Barawe, Somalia against an unknown terrorist which was aborted. After about 10 – 15 minutes the team reported that they met heavier resistance than they expected forcing them to swim to the boats they came in on. There have been conflicting reports on whether their target was killed or not. There was a similar raid in this area four years ago when the Seals killed a senior al-Qaida leader. The raid was planned a week ago ad according to Somali officials hey were aware of it. This comes after an attack on a Nairobi shopping mall two weeks ago which the Somalian terrorist group, Shabab, has claimed responsibility for.
Written by: Paul Roy
City of New York
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