US raids: Libya, Somalia raids show US reach, problems
TRIPOLI (REUTERS) - Two commando raids in Africa show the United States is pressuring Al-Qaeda, officials said on Sunday, though a failure in Somalia and an angry response in Libya also highlighted Washington's problems.
In Tripoli, US forces snatched a Libyan wanted over the bombings of the US embassy in Nairobi 15 years ago and whisked him out of the country, prompting Secretary of State John Kerry to declare that Al-Qaeda leaders "can run but they can't hide".
However, the capture of Nazih al-Ragye, better known as Abu Anas al-Liby, also provoked a complaint about the "kidnap" from the Western-backed prime minister; he faces a backlash from armed Islamists who have carved out a share of power since the West helped Libyan rebels oust Muammar Gaddafi two years ago.
In Somalia, Navy Seals stormed ashore into the Al-Shabaab stronghold of Barawe in response to the attack last month on a Kenyan mall but, a US official said, they failed to capture or kill the unnamed target among the Somali allies of Al-Qaeda.