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U.S. State Secretary John Kerry in indonesia comments on military raids Africa. (AP), Wanted terrorist Abu Anas al-Libi (news.com)

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UPDATE: 10/9/13  8:43AM


(AURN/AP) - President Barack Obama made his first public comments Tuesday on the weekend U.S. Special Forces mission in Libya, vowing that al-Qaida suspect Abu Anas al-Libi will be brought to justice.
President Obama
But the President sidestepped a question during a White House news conference about whether the raid that captured al-Libi complied with international law. He says the U.S. has strong evidence that al-Libi planned and helped execute plots that helped kill hundreds of people.

The U.S. had long sought al-Libi for his alleged role in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa. He was captured in Libya Saturday.


His capture came the same day as another U.S. counterterrorism raid in Somalia.

Obama says Africa has become a place where it's easier for terrorists to hide. He says the U.S. must keep targeting terrorists, but he says that's different than being involved in wars.

(Official White House Photo)

 

Original story: 10/3/13

(AURN/AP) -- The U.S. commando raids in Libya and Somalia highlight the rise of Africa as a terrorist haven.

Abu Anas al-Libi, who was captured in the Libyan capital by U.S. special forces is accused by the U.S. of involvement in the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in Africa.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says al-Libi is in U.S. custody, but officials aren't saying where.

Meantime U.S. Navy Seals reportedly aborted a mission in Somalia when they came under attack by the Al Qaida linked group Al Shabaab.  The special ops team reportedly had a suspect in connection with the Kenyan mall attack on its radar.





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