October 5th, 2013
07:35 PM ET

U.S. forces take part in 2 Africa raids targeting alleged terrorists

By Barbara Starr and Evan Perez

U.S. military forces were involved in two separate operations in Africa - one of them targeting a member of the group Al-Shabaab that was behind last month's Kenya mall attack, and the other going after an al Qaeda leader tied to bombings of two U.S. embassies.

The Al-Shabaab raid took place in Somalia, where that terrorist group is based, sometime in the past 24 hours, a senior U.S. official said Saturday evening.

The team of U.S. Navy SEALs had to withdraw before it could confirm whether it killed the target because they came under fire, the official said. The SEALs made the "prudent decision" to withdraw rather than engage in further combat, according to the official.

The other mission ended in the capture of Abu Anas al Libi, who is suspected to have played a significant role in the August 7, 1998, bombings of American embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and Nairobi, Kenya, U.S. officials said.

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      Don't forget the 5 dancing Israelis who were filming the attacks on 9/11. They turned out to be Mossad losers.

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    Obama did not get anyone today and the Gov. is not shut down (more or less).

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    Why is it that GWB never captured anyone??
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      Bush captured Khalid Sheik Mohammad, you know, the mastermind and financier of the 9/11 attack. Bush also was responsible for capturing or killing several smaller non-state actors, and of course for pushing Mullah Omar and Saddam Hussein out of power (though Omar is still alive and hiding and Saddam of course was strung up.) Then again I guess one could argue that Bush merely gave the orders and our fighting men and women did the real work.

      Either way, you have read my posts before Stan, you know I am not a fan of either Bush or Obama. However, anyday we capture or kill a major terrorist/barbarian warlord is a good day and just as much as I feel like Bush and Obama should be held accountable for their terrible decisions, both should also be given credit when it is due, and Obama has done spectacularly in capturing and killing barbarian leaders, yes much better than Bush, but also Bush had some victories himself, don't forget that.

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    The moral of the story is if you attack America, even if it takes a long time, we will eventually get you (granted your own people don't backstab you like they did to Hammami first.)

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