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Pentagon: US forces take al-Qaida leader in Libya, abort Somalia mission

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. special forces raids in Libya and Somalia have gotten mixed results.

The Libya raid captured an al-Qaida leader allegedly involved in the bombings of U.S. embassies 15 years ago. The Somalia raid had to be aborted due to heavy fighting.

The Pentagon says the Libyan militant is now held in a secure location outside Libya. He's been high on Washington's list of most-wanted fugitives and his capture would represent a significant blow to what remains of the core al-Qaida organization once led by Osama bin Laden.

In Somalia, a U.S. official describes the raid as a capture operation against a high-value target. That official says U.S. forces engaged al-Shabab militants and inflicted some casualties, but that no U.S. service members were harmed.

Al-Shabab militants killed at least 67 people at Nairobi's Westgate Mall.


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