RAID THAT LED TO AL QAEDA LEADER’S CAPTURE WAS LEGAL

Fox News on October 7, 2013, reported that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry defended the capture of an Al Qaeda leader long wanted in connection with the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa. Excerpts below:

Speaking in Bali Monday, where he is attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, Kerry said Abu Anas al-Libi was a “legal and appropriate target” for the U.S. military and will face justice in a court of law. Kerry added it was important not to “sympathize” with wanted terrorists.

Earlier, Kerry said the raids would send the message that terrorists “can run but they can’t hide.”

“We hope that this makes clear that the United States of America will never stop in the effort to hold those accountable who conduct acts of terror,” Kerry said.

…the U.S. Army’s Delta Force, which has responsibility for counterterrorism operations in North Africa, carried out attacks in Somalia and the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on October 5.

The attacks struck Islamic extremists who played a role in the bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, on August 7, 1998, that killed more than 220 people.

Al-Libi’s capture represents a significant blow to what remains of the core Al Qaeda organization once led by Usama bin Laden.

The Pentagon’s chief spokesman George Little said Saturday al-Libi “is currently lawfully detained by the U.S. military in a secure location outside of Libya.” He did not disclose further details.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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