Al Qaeda Can Run But They Can’t Hide

al Qaeda can't hide

Well, actually al Qaeda can hide – and they do it fairly well. But eventually we’ll get ’em!

Secretary of State John Kerry’s “al Qaeda can run but they can’t hide” statement on Sunday ended off a weekend of al Qaeda raids.

First up, US forces managed to capture Abu Anas al Liby, an al Qaeda leader linked to the 1998 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The joint mission by the military, the CIA, and the FBI took place early Saturday in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, where a fierce firefight erupted, leaving 15 Libyan soldiers dead at a checkpoint. But that doesn’t matter because the US got what they were after: Abu Anas al Libi – dead or alive (but preferably alive). The embassy bombing terrorist was taken alive and is now in American custody. Sadly Abu Anas won’t get a tropical vacation in Guantanamo Bay, instead he’s expected to stand trial in New York.

After a 15-year manhunt, the US was pretty proud of this one. Abu Anas was, after all, and their “Most Wanted Terrorists” list.

“This operation should be a clear reminder that the United States will seek justice against those who would attack Americans, and never forgets those who are victims of terrorism,” the White House said Sunday.

And Chuck Hagel, undoubtedly in a great mood now that all his minions are back to work, wrote in a statement that the raids “send a strong message to the world that the United States will spare no effort to hold terrorists accountable, no matter where they hide or how long they evade justice.”

US officials insisted the Libyan government was aware of the operation but after al Qaeda leader Abu Anas el-Liby was captured, Libya demanded an explanation as to why the US kidnapped one of its citizens. John Kerry defended the capture, saying Abu Anas was a “legal and appropriate target”. So suck it Libya.

The second al-Qaeda raid of the weekend also took place early Saturday morning and also took place in Africa – but this time in southern Somalia. A team of U.S. Navy SEALs (the same SEALs that killed Osama bin Laden) targeted the leader of the al-Qaeda linked terrorist group al-Shabab. Unfortunately the mission didn’t go quite so smoothly. The SEALs came under fire and withdrew before they could confirm whether they killed their target. In the end they didn’t capture the target they were after. Yet… After all, they can run, but they can’t hide – for more than 15 years…

Via: CNN

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