Clarion Project National Security Analyst Ryan Mauro talks about the significance of this and other simultaneous operations on Fox News.
Al-Ruqai, who had a $5 million bounty on his head, had been on the FBI’s list of most wanted terrorists since the list was established after the 9/11 terror attack in 2001. He was wanted in connection with the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya, which killed more than 220 people.
Al-Libi, was seized on the streets of the Libyan capital on Saturday.
At the same time, a U.S. Navy SEAL force swam ashore in Somalia in a surprise pre-dawn attack aimed at capturing an Al-Shabaab leader specifically linked to the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya. Al Shabaab is an Islamic terrorist group affiliated with Al Qaeda who have been terrorizing East Africa with horrific attacks on schools, churches and, most recently, the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya.
After the SEAL force came under heavy attack, the mission was aborted with no casualities.
As the Clarion Project’s National Security Analyst Ryan Mauro explains on Fox News, the significance of the fact that the U.S. had “actionable intelligence” on the whereabouts of these terrorist leaders.
In addition, Mauro discusses the growing threat of Al Qaeda in Africa as well as the very real capabilities of Al-Shabaab to carry out similar attacks on American soil. The organization has developed a sophisticated recruitment of fighters, both from the Somali community in the United States as well as from hundreds of those who have been illegally entering the U.S. from Mexico.
And Jennifer Griffin reporting:
- Obama Sends “Elite FBI Unit” to Read Al Qaeda Terrorist his “Rights” (frontpagemag.com)
- Unreal. Captured Al-Qaeda Mastermind to Be Read His Rights By Obama Administration (thegatewaypundit.com)
- Kerry: Capture of terror suspect al-Libi in Libya legal (cbsnews.com)
‘Core’ al Qaeda member captured in Libya (longwarjounal.org)
Zawahiri’s Man in Libya (weeklystandard.com)