US raids suggest future shape of counter-terror bids
WASHINGTON (AP) - The US commando raids in Libya and Somalia suggest the future shape of US counter-terrorism efforts - brief, targeted raids against highly sought extremist figures - and highlight the rise of Africa as a terrorist haven.
The strikes also raise questions about where to interrogate and try captured terrorist suspects such as Abu Anas al-Liby, accused by the US of involvement in the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in Africa.
Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Sunday that al-Liby was in US custody. A US official familiar with the case said later that al-Liby was taken aboard a US warship in the region for questioning. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to release details.
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Republican Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, said al-Liby has "vast intelligence value."