U.S. forces launched raids in Libya and Somalia over the weekend
They captured Abu Anas al Libi, a suspected al Qaeda operative, in Tripoli
Navy SEALs came under fire while trying to get an Al-Shabaab fighter in Somalia
Two secret blitzes. Two high-value targets. Two very different results.
U.S. forces launched dual raids on the northern and eastern coasts of Africa over the weekend in the hunt for two alleged terrorists: Abu Anas al Libi, a suspected al Qaeda operative wanted for the deadly 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa, and an Al-Shabaab foreign fighter commander named Ikrima.
American forces snatched al Libi in the Libyan capital Saturday morning. But 3,000 miles away, the plan to catch Ikrima didn’t go as planned. Navy SEALs came under heavy fire during their raid and had to retreat – not knowing whether Ikrima was dead or alive.
While officials have disclosed some details, many questions remain. Here are the five key ones:
1. What’s next for al Libi?
He spent 15 years on the run and had a $5 million reward on his head. But he was captured in less than a minute by U.S. Army Delta Force members outside his home in Tripoli.
The Pentagon said the U.S. military was holding al Libi in a “secure location” outside Libya. There, a