SEALs strike again! al Shabaab target taken in Somalia. Update: Not confirmed. Bonus: Abu Anas el-Liby captured or killed in Libya also?

posted at 6:46 pm on October 5, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

This story is just coming out on the national wires this afternoon, so early details are few and hopefully we’ll have some more updates as we go. But the early indications are that when things are falling to pieces anywhere in the world, our SEAL teams are still ready to step up. Following the mass murder at the shopping mall in Kenya, much of the world became acquainted with al Shabaab, the local branch of radical Islamic terrorism. They may have felt rather proud of themselves after that stunt, but apparently the Good Guys made sure the party was short lived.

U.S. Navy SEALs captured a “high-value target” during a pre-dawn raid Saturday on an al Shabaab stronghold in southern Somalia, striking back at the Islamic militant group blamed for the recent attack on a Kenyan shopping mall, sources tell NBC News.

The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, would not identify the target of the raid, but one senior US official said, “It was a very good day.”

Early reports from the region said there was heavy gunfire during an assault by foreign forces on a building or complex in the southern Somali town of Barawe.

There are conflicting reports as to whether or not the Brits were involved in the assault, but I’m sure we’ll find out more in the hours and days to come. As to where this took place, here’s a map showing the location – marked with an “A” flag – of Barawe (which I’ve seen three spellings for thus far) in relation to the recent activity in Kenya.

Barawe

A fairly remote region to be sure, but close to the ocean, so that may have been a helpful factor in terms of getting in. (And out?) In any event, if our guys are calling it “a very good day” then it probably was. Though not for the terrorists.

First update: (Jazz, even while still writing) CNN is reporting that the SEAL team had to withdraw before they could absolutely confirm that they had gotten the high profile target, after encountering heavy resistance which could have impacted civilians in the area. More to come.

Continued: (Jazz) And before I even finished writing this, the Gray Lady is reporting that an AQ target has been “captured or killed” in Tripoli, Libya.

A man suspected of being a leader of Al Qaeda and having played a role in planning the bombings of the United States Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 was seized from the streets of Tripoli on Saturday by a team of armed men, officials familiar with the situation said.

The suspect, born Nazih Abd al Hamid al-Ruqhay and known by his nom de guerre Abu Anas el-Liby, has been high on the list of the United States government’s most-wanted fugitives since at least 2000, when a New York court indicted him for his part in planning the embassy attacks. The F.B.I. had offered a bounty of up to $5 million for information leading to his capture.

If all is as being reported, that’s an awful lot of anti-terrorism success for a Saturday, but well done to our guys!

Update: (Jazz) CNN is now backpedaling on the al Shabaab target story a bit, saying there is no way to confirm whether the target was killed. But they’re calling the el-Liby capture a done deal. No doubt the bigger target of the two anyway.


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Ric’s a lapdog. Nothing rational there.

CWchangedhisNicagain on October 6, 2013 at 12:36 AM

Poor Ric the deviant…a self made freak .

Your teat party will one day be defeated. We cannot afford you leeches.

No these shutdowns are not as damaging as you pretend to the country or to the GOP. Also, the GOP has made plenty of offers to get people paid AND to keep important things up and running…but you are the party of no. Now swallow .

CWchangedhisNicagain on October 6, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Lol I’m not the one propagating sexual acts on a political blog. And once again with the homosexual suggestions. Your are obsessed aren’t you?

Ric on October 6, 2013 at 12:37 AM

Ric had your boy not forced through Obama care much of this would not be happening. He’s a bully and not real Presidential but I do not expect much from a community organizer and once part-time part-term Senator. He’s your mistake. Enjoy .

CWchangedhisNicagain on October 6, 2013 at 12:38 AM

Ric on October 6, 2013 at 12:37 AM

How did we know you were gay?

CWchangedhisNicagain on October 6, 2013 at 12:38 AM

Ric funny what you choose to address. You have so little .

CWchangedhisNicagain on October 6, 2013 at 12:39 AM

yeh what i thought.

CWchangedhisNicagain on October 6, 2013 at 12:42 AM

Ric,

Reid did say no today and adjourned the Senate. Then, because of the question ‘How are Federal workers going to feel about that when they learn that the reason there hasn’t been a bill passed to pay them is because of Mr No…Harry Reid?’ he was put in a ‘Shoe. Other foot. Some assembly required’ position. Since then, he has said that he is going to take the week-end to decide what to do. The Senate reconvenes at 2 on Monday.

Resist We Much on October 6, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Once again link please that says that he actually rejected the bill. Because the AP didn’t mentioned that from the story I read on cnn.

Ric on October 6, 2013 at 12:43 AM

As far as the Republicans not being hurt by the shutdown back in the 90′s your forgetting that typically the party in power loses big time during second presidential term midterm’s. The fact that Republicans lost seats in the house and gained only 2 seats in the senate was a huge disappointment.

Ric on October 6, 2013 at 12:07 AM

The election that followed the 1995 shutdown was not a midterm. You’re forgetting that 1996 was the 53rd quadrennial presidential election year in which the incumbent, a rebounding Bill Clinton, was challenged by the dour and hapless Bob Dole– although I actually mentioned Dole in my post. Maybe you forgot to read it.

I hope most people can see the simple truth. Republicans loss fair and square and now are taking their ball and going home instead of manning up and trying to undue AHA the legitimate way. Through the legislator.

There was absolutely nothing fair or square about the Democrat Party cram-down of an unwanted law that took control of 1/6th of the nation’s economy (the majority of Americans opposed it then, and more do now) via bribery, questionable parliamentary maneuvers and midnight voting. To expect Republicans (none of whom voted for the thing) or the majority of the country to go along with it now is pure hubristic wishful thinking. The country isn’t going to acquiesce to Democrat Party tyranny. One way or another the ACA (not AHA, as you have it) will be undone. Actually, it’s doing a magnificent job of undoing itself, if you’ve tried to log onto an exchange this week. Try it now. Oh, wait. You can’t. They’ve shut them all down this weekend for “scheduled maintenance” after only 5 days of, hehe, “operation.”

de rigueur on October 6, 2013 at 12:56 AM

One addition to the above:

I hope most people can see the simple truth. Republicans loss fair and square and now are taking their ball and going home instead of manning up and trying to undue AHA the legitimate way. Through the legislator.

Ric on October 6, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Through the legislator, you say. The U.S. House of Representatives comprises 435 legislators.

“All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other Bills.”
— U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 7, clause 1

“No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.”
— U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 9, clause 7

What you call taking their ball and going home is the constitutionally-authorized legislative spending body attempting to get the other legislative body to man up and hold some votes on the spending bills the House keeps sending the Senate. That is the constitutionally legitimate way that laws are passed and federal expenditures funded. Up until the Senate started blowing off the Budget Act of 1974, refusing to pass a budget in the last 5 years, separate spending bills for financing the government in conformance to an agreed-upon budget, and not one big Continuing Resolution, were the norm.

And it was Harry Reid who took his ball and went home today– refusing to hold a vote on back-pay for furloughed government employees. (One wonders why he agreed to a similar bill for the military. And why he won’t bring up the NIH funding bill, which could save some cancer-stricken kids’ lives. “Why would we want to do that?” Reid says.) I think the American people are starting to get a real good look at this guy– and don’t like what they see.

de rigueur on October 6, 2013 at 1:24 AM

And an addition to the addition:

I hope most people can see the simple truth. Republicans loss fair and square and now are taking their ball and going home instead of manning up and trying to undue AHA

the legitimate way. Through the legislator.

Ric on October 6, 2013 at 12:07 AM

If you’re referring to Sen. Cruz’s or the House’s attempts to defund ACA as somehow not “legitimate,” you realize that Democrats regard defunding is a perfectly legitimate legislative option when it suits their purposes. Back in 2007, Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Harry Reid (D-NV) sponsored legislation that included the following:

(c) Prohibition on Use of Funds – No funds appropriated or otherwise made available under any provision of law may be obligated or expended to continue the deployment in Iraq of members of the United States Armed Forces after March 31, 2008.

The above excerpt is from the bill that Reid intended to use to defund the Iraq War Resolution (for which he voted) and its enabling funding legislation. Oh, yeah. Defunding is perfectly legitimate when Reid wants to gore somebody else’s ox.

It’s the hypocrisy, that’s what people are seeing. Like Reid’s refusal to vote on a House bill that requires Congress and its staffers to enroll in Obamacare on the same basis as they’re requiring every other American to do– without special Congressional subsidies paid by the taxpayers that Reid and his ilk currently enjoy. Hubris and hypocrisy will be the end of ACA.

de rigueur on October 6, 2013 at 2:01 AM

I thought the government was shut down? Did these guys fly commercial on their own dime?

It’s also ironic. If this was the last mission for any of them and they retire, they won’t be able to visit any military memorials in Washington. Though they might score an invite to party down with Beyonce at the White House.

IndieDogg on October 6, 2013 at 2:45 AM

Once again link please that says that he actually rejected the bill. Because the AP didn’t mentioned that from the story I read on cnn.

Ric on October 6, 2013 at 12:43 AM

He was talking about the whole piecemeal thing today on the floor. I saw part of the speech on the television. There was supposed to be a vote this afternoon. He adjourned the Senate. It will not be back in session until Monday at 2.

Resist We Much on October 6, 2013 at 2:45 AM

Though they might score an invite to party down with Beyonce at the White House.

IndieDogg on October 6, 2013 at 2:45 AM

Beyonce and her crack-dealer husband.

Wonder when the White House will be releasing another photo of Jay Z in the Situation Room?

AZCoyote on October 6, 2013 at 7:27 AM

I thought the government was shut down? Did these guys fly commercial on their own dime?

IndieDogg on October 6, 2013 at 2:45 AM

You do know that SEALS are active duty military. The first item Congress agreed on was to fund active duty military in the shutdown.

conservative pilgrim on October 6, 2013 at 8:04 AM

It really others me that these missions become front page news shortly after they happen. There’s a sense someone might be trying to politicize, i.e., “wag the dog”, the event……

conservative pilgrim on October 6, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Others s/b bothers

conservative pilgrim on October 6, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Next target ………………. the White House.

SC.Charlie on October 6, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Wonder if ‘Plugs’ will give these guys up like he did with Team 6.

chewmeister on October 6, 2013 at 11:12 AM

But the early indications are that when things are falling to pieces anywhere in the world, our SEAL teams are still ready to step up.

That statement makes me sort of sad.

Axe on October 6, 2013 at 12:19 PM

To all you “dudes” that think the shutdown of ’96 was a bad thing:

Won the WH twice in a row.
Owned the House for 10 years in a row.
Won the Senate through 2007. (jeffords-R switched to I and voted D for 18 months)

Shutdown is great for Rs!

crash72 on October 6, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Has Vice Pres. Bite-me outed the team’s ID yet?

Akzed on October 6, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Shutdown is great for Rs! crash72 on October 6, 2013 at 12:36 PM

It’s funny how Ohussein has to harass tourists and vets to remind people that there’s actually a shut down.

Akzed on October 6, 2013 at 12:47 PM

I bet Obama timed this to try to take the spotlight off of his domestic bully tactics. I hate to think of GI’s being used to save his butt from his disgraceful treatment of vets and the American people.

Spartacus on October 6, 2013 at 1:16 PM

I’m hearing that it was Delta Force operators who got el-Liby so… credit where it’s due. GO ARMY!

jffree1 on October 6, 2013 at 1:42 PM

I thought the government was shut down? Did these guys fly commercial on their own dime?

IndieDogg on October 6, 2013 at 2:45 AM

You do know that SEALS are active duty military. The first item Congress agreed on was to fund active duty military in the shutdown.

conservative pilgrim on October 6, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Absolutely. Sarcasm was intentional.

Though these guys probably would go on their own if they had to and could. Because that’s what they do.

IndieDogg on October 6, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Why did the pig have the Miranda rights read to him? Should have killed him.

Schadenfreude on October 6, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Boom? Ah maybe not. They may have missed their target. A clue was when the Empty Chair didn’t come right out with a speech taking all the credit.

Wigglesworth on October 6, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Why are SEAL missions in the news? What happened to security?

baldilocks on October 7, 2013 at 11:28 AM

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