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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Terror Raids Ignore Benghazi Suspects -- Libya raid failed to target Benghazi attackers; Somali terror group fears further commando strikes -- By Bill Gertz, The Washington Free Beacon

Ansar al Shariah supporters protest the United States' capture of Abu Anas al-Libi / APThe Obama administration failed to act against Libyan Islamists who attacked the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi last year during the capture last weekend of a senior al Qaeda terrorist in Tripoli according to U.S. officials.

Meanwhile, the Somali terrorist group al Shabaab is “gripped with fear” following the unsuccessful covert U.S. military strike against one of its leaders.

The U.S. official said the locations of several attackers behind the Sept. 11 armed assault on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi and a nearby CIA facility are known. The group Ansar al Sharia, which has links to al Qaeda, has been identified as behind the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

By conducting the high-profile raid that captured senior al Qaeda terrorist Abu Anas al Libi in Tripoli, the administration is likely alerting the Benghazi terrorists and possibly driving them into hiding.

Asked about the lack of action against the Benghazi attackers, a senior administration official told the Free Beacon: “A lot of people are focused heavily on delivering justice to the Benghazi attackers, and no other recent action takes away from that laser focus.”

Al Libi, who was linked by U.S. officials to the 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, was captured Saturday during a special operations raid, Pentagon spokesman George Little said in a statement.

Little disclosed in a Monday statement that the target of the Somali raid late Friday was Abdikadir Mohamed Abdikadir, known as “Ikrima,” a Somali-born Kenyan.

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