U.S. commandos launched daring twin raids in Libya and Somalia on Saturday, capturing a senior al Qaeda official who allegedly planned 1998 embassy attacks in Kenya and Tanzania, the Pentagon said.
Anas al Libi, whose real name is Nazih Abdul-Hamed Nabih al-Ruqai’I, was seized in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, the Pentagon said. He has been wanted for more than a decade by the U.S. and has a $5 million reward on his head.
The outcome of a separate raid on the Somali town of Barawe was less clear. U.S. officials said it was aimed at a “high value” target from the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab movement, but spokesman George Little said the Pentagon was “not prepared to provide additional detail at this time.”
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