US commandos raid terrorist hideouts in Libya, Somalia, capture senior al Qaeda official

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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 sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, initially reported that a “high-level target” also had been apprehended in the Somalia raid, but they later said it was unclear if that was the case.

But they said that U.S. Special Operations forces had captured Anas al Libi, a longtime al Qaeda member, in a pre-dawn raid near Tripoli, Libya. Al Libi, whose real name is Nazih Abdul-Hamed Nabih al-Ruqai’I, has been wanted for more than a decade by the U.S. and has a $5 million reward on his head.

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