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Monday, October 7, 2013

Libya Demands Explanation As Kerry Defends US Raid

This image from the FBI website shows Anas al-Libi. Gunmen in a three-car convoy seized Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known by his alias Anas al-Libi, an al-Qaeda leader connected to the 1998 embassy bombings in eastern Africa and wanted by the U.S. for more than a decade outside his house Saturday in the Libyan capital, his relatives said. (FBI via AP)

Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known by his alias Anas al-Libi, is an al-Qaeda leader connected to the 1998 embassy bombings in eastern Africa. (FBI via AP)

The Libyan government says it wants to prosecute Libyan citizens at home, and has asked the U.S. for “clarifications” in the abduction of an alleged al-Qaida leader by U.S. commandos.

The U.S. Army’s Delta Force conducted raids in Somalia and in the Libyan capital Tripoli over the weekend, capturing Anas al-Libi, an Al-Qaeda leader suspected of masterminding the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is calling al-Libi a “legal target,” adding that terrorists who attack American interests, “can run but they can’t hide.”

Early reports said the Libyan government had assisted in the raid, but comments from government officials have some experts asking if the Libyan government knew much, or anything, about it.

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