US Targets Al Qaeda Leaders in Somali and Libya, Ignores Benghazi Perps

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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US personnel were sent into Somali and into Libya’s capital to capture Al Qaeda leaders– one of whom was killed during the operation.

American commandos carried out raids on Saturday in two far-flung African countries in a powerful flex of military muscle aimed at capturing fugitive terrorist suspects.

The Somalia raid was planned more than a week ago, officials said, in response to a massacre by the militant Somali group Shabab at a Nairobi shopping mall. The Navy SEAL team targeted a senior Shabab leader in the town of Baraawe and exchanged gunfire with militants in a predawn firefight.

The unidentified Shabab leader is believed to have been killed in the firefight, but the SEAL team was forced to withdraw before that could be confirmed, a senior American security official said.

Thank goodness for that otherwise he would have the ACLU on speed dial.

Abu Anas, the Libyan Qaeda leader, was the bigger prize, and officials said Saturday night that he was alive in United States custody. While the details about his capture were sketchy, an American official said Saturday night that he appeared to have been taken peacefully and that “he is no longer in Libya.”

Anas Al Liby had been living in Iran until last year when Obama overthrew the Libyan government and he decided that it was a good time to see what could be done there.

He’s wanted for the ’98 Al Qaeda bombings during the Clinton administration. And now that he’s captured, Obama will no doubt insist on giving him a civilian trial, the way he wanted to give to Osama bin Laden.

Going after Anas Al Liby was a good thing, though it certainly took a while which could make one suspicious about the timing, but the Benghazi killers have been walking the streets without fear. Why not go after them? Or do we have to wait another 15 years for that?

  • Veracious_one

    Obama will no doubt insist on giving him a civilian trial, the way he wanted to give to Osama bin Laden.

    it’s either that or an appointment to the Obama interfaith outreach committee.

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  • jakespoon

    What? No Benghazi perps? Oh,that’s right. They have accomplices in high places.

    • deanrd

      Taking out their leaders is a good start. The way Bin Laden should have been taken out, instead of let go.

  • onecornpone

    I foresee our SEAL teams being sent on more and more dangerous missions of this sort in the next three years….

    Eliminating our Best & Brightest through attrition is only common sense insurance for our exceedingly evil Progressive overlords.

    The Clown Prince is playing fast and loose with our future leadership for a reason.

  • Tupac

    ” Why not go after them? Or do we have to wait another 15 years for that?”

    Answer: if we wait 15 years to pick up a lot of bad guys, it allows us allow a large percentage of them to escape ‘scot free’ to continue their important work in the struggle for the man. At the same time the Eric Holders of the world can say “See, see we are taking care of business!”

    When your utilization of forces is much less than their capacity given intel & planning, you may wonder how dedicated the higher ups are in ridding the world of bad guys.

  • deanrd

    Republicans let Bin Laden go and stopped looking for him. Funny, Republicans believed Bush when he said Iraq had WMD’s, but refused to believe him when he admitted they didn’t. Now they seem to want every al Qaeda terrorist to be “left alone”. Why? So they can concentrate on keeping this country from having jobs or healthcare? Why are they doing al Qaeda’s work for them?

  • Plea For Sanity

    Obama got Satan’s No 1, the religious supremacist that Osama Bin Laden was.

    The religious Apartheid that Bin Laden was seeking to impose upon the world would make the Apartheid of South Africa look like kindergarten.

    Now Obama has picked up yet another of these nasty mutations of dna, the religio-zombie supremacist that is Anas Al Liby (assuming of course the right ugly twisted monstrosity was picked up).

    Compared to Bush, Obama is doing an excellent job.