US Government Reminds Of "Al Qaeda Threat" With Twin Libyan, Somali Raids

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The US government's foreign policy appears to be most effective when it is shut down. First, we learned that the CIA has accelerated its training and weapons supply of Syria's Al-Qaeda insurgents only after the funding for the non-critical government functions was halted. Then, overnight, John Kerry showed that while he gives to Al-Qaeda with one hand he takes from it with two following two U.S. raids in Libya and Somalia that captured an Islamist wanted for bombing its Nairobi embassy 15 years ago. These actions "show Washington's determination to hunt down al Qaeda leaders around the globe" Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday. So in 15 years the then secretary of state will be proud to announce that Al-Qaeda leaders operating in and around Syria, armed with US weapons, have also been captured. And so the wheel will keep on turning.

Reuters has more on the overnight raids:

Libyan Nazih al-Ragye, better known by the cover name Abu Anas al-Liby, was seized by U.S. forces in Tripoli on Saturday, the Pentagon said. A seaborne raid on the Somali port of Barawe, a stronghold of the al Shabaab movement behind last month's attack on a Kenyan mall, failed to take or kill its target.


"We hope this makes clear that the United States of America will never stop in its effort to hold those accountable who conduct acts of terror," Kerry said during a visit to Bali.


"Those members of al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations literally can run but they can't hide," Kerry said. "We will continue to try to bring people to justice."


The twin raids, two years after a U.S. Navy SEAL team killed al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, demonstrated American reach at a time when Islamist militants have been expanding their presence in Africa - not least in Libya following the Western-backed overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. Libya's government, wary of an Islamist backlash, demanded an explanation for the "kidnapping" of one of its citizens.

Don't hold your breath: the person responsible for providing explanations for US actions abroad is currently on furlough.

What is the important of Liby?

Liby, who the FBI says is 49, has been under U.S. indictment since 2000 for his alleged role in bombing the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, which killed 224 people. Of more pressing concern for Washington, however, may have been that al Qaeda appears to be establishing itself in Libya today.


With President Barack Obama wrestling with the legal and political difficulties posed by trying al Qaeda suspects held at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, Liby may be more likely to face trial in New York, where the indictment was filed.


Liby, who had once been granted political asylum from Gaddafi in Britain, was charged with 20 other people including bin Laden and current al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri. The U.S. government offered a $5 million reward for helping capture Liby.


Charges relating to him personally accuse him of discussing the bombing of the Nairobi embassy in retaliation for the U.S. intervention in the Somali civil war in 1992-93 and of helping reconnoiter and plan the attack in the years before 1998.

As for Somalia, where fighting erupted at about 3 am on Saturday morning, things did not go quite as planned.

The target of the Somali operation was unclear but a U.S. official was quoted as saying it was planned in response to the Nairobi mall attack two weeks ago in which at least 67 were killed. That highlighted the risk of Somalia's rumbling civil conflict destabilizing a resource-rich continent where Islamists have been on the rise from west to east in recent years.


Launched in the early hours of Saturday, the Somali raid appears to have featured a beach landing in hostile territory that was followed by an extended firefight. U.S. officials said SEALs conducted the raid and had killed al Qaeda-allied al Shabaab fighters while taking no casualties themselves. Somali police said seven people were killed during the operation.


Somalia's Western-backed government, still trying to establish its authority after two decades of civil war, holds little sway in Barawe, 110 miles south of Mogadishu.


Asked of his involvement in the U.S. operation, Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon said: "We have collaboration with the world and with neighboring countries in the battle against al Shabaab."


The Pentagon confirmed U.S. military personnel had been involved in an operation against what it called "a known al Shabaab terrorist," in Somalia, but gave no more details.


Local people in Barawe and Somali security officials said troops came ashore from the Indian Ocean to attack a house near the shore used by al Shabaab fighters.


U.S. officials said troops, to avoid civilian casualties, disengaged after inflicting casualties on al Shabaab. They said no U.S. personnel were wounded or killed in the operation, which one U.S. source said was carried out by a Navy SEAL team.

A Somali intelligence official said the target of the raid at Barawe, about 110 miles south of Mogadishu, was a Chechen commander, who had been wounded and his guard killed. 


One U.S. official, speaking to Reuters on condition of
anonymity, said the al Shabaab leader targeted in the operation was
neither captured nor killed.

Some of the more cynical persuasion prompted pointed out that the US government now needs a distraction (Al-Qaeda raids), from a distraction (the shutdown government), from a distraction (the botched Syrian "liberation" campaign and providing of weapons to Al-Qaeda), from a distraction (the NSA wholesale spying campaign that has Nixon spinning in his grave), from the ultimately reality: the ongoing collapse of the US economy.

Which only means that piecemeal foreign operations must and will continue to remind Americans of the constant "threat" it lives under, until such time as a false flag provocation finally allows the escalation into an all out war somewhere in the world, and with it leads to the much sought after, deficit-boosting military intervention.

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CH1's picture

Must ... Have ....  a WAR!!!


Maybe this explains why 400k Pentagon employees have been "un-furloughed"

Xibalba's picture

Generals, Admirals, and Militarists run this country.  Politicians, JFK aside, are all scared witless that they'll do something to upset them.   1939 redux of the 'Defensive War' 

americanreality's picture

Both the Wellstone and JFK jr plane crashes were no accident.  JFK jr was a future president, Wellstone was a threat to the Iraq war, among other things.  They almost had Wellstone earlier with the roadside bomb in Colombia.  And don't forget the Michael Connell plane crash.  

Manthong's picture

Well then send all the freakin’ domestic jackbooted armored-up police thugs that are on power trips and their armored vehicles over there to live out their Call of Duty fantasies and fix that problem..

and that goes for the trigger-happy Capitol Police, too

Get the Storm Troopers out of L.E.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Before to send Capitol Police, first must immersive driver training and basic automobile operation.

Manthong's picture

..a tip for those who do not need to obey the law; the little pedal on the left stops the wheels which tend to stop the car and the long pedal on the right lets you go fast like a maniac.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Tip for future nation and republic, designation of monetary policy to private bankSTer is like on foot on gas while fiscal policy foot on brake. Economic engine is not last long in regime of zoom and brake.

Keyser's picture

Let's not forget that the machine needs to be used to stay in proper working order. Must kill brown people in odd attire in order to keep the kit working properly. 


RiverRoad's picture

Hooray for the "volunteer military"!!!   Now we can have war forever!!!

Boris Alatovkrap's picture



Plus c'est change, plus ce le meme chose.

Mujahadeen = Taliban = Al Qaida = Syrian Freedom Fighter

Cannon fodder for Central Bank and MIC


caconhma's picture

Just a few years ago, America had Steve Jobs, Johnny Cash, and Bob Hope.

Well, today America has no jobs, no cash and no hope.

Congratulation my fellow Americans.

smlbizman's picture

according to this, it didnt quite go the way they say....its covered in the very beginning...

SafelyGraze's picture

beginning today, or as soon as the gov is not shut down, I am calling on all institutions of higher education, whether or not they have an offensive "mascot" or "slogan" or whatever, to suspend activities of terrist organizations on or about their campuses.

these would include student-led organizations.

such as at certain schools whose alumni are now conducting terrist operations. 

you know who you are.



RiverRoad's picture

As in Skull & Bones at Yale?  Bush II & Kerry both members. 

AlaricBalth's picture

Mr. Kerry seems a bit confused. He says Al-Qaeda can run but not hide.
The only running I see Al-Qaeda doing, is when they dash as quickly as possible to the next meeting the US sets up with them in Syria, when the US needs to give them cash or weapons.

Freddie's picture

Saudi Arabia is Al Qeada and they funded Obama and Al Qeada was a creation of the Saudis, Al See Eye Ah Duh, Mi6 and the Mossad.

Kerry is a f**king ghoul and tax cheat douchebag.

fxrxexexdxoxmx's picture

Thats what happens when your are more Sunni than Shia.

Tall Tom's picture

"Maybe this explains why 400k Pentagon employees have been "un-furloughed"


No...SHEEPFUKKER. Anytime there is a Domestic Upheaval the "Al Qaeda" card is played to serve as DISTRACTION. Just what was going on when Osama bin Laden was supposedly neutralized?


The Government is VAINLY ATTEMPT to demonstrate that they are "USEFUL". It is blatantly obvoiuos to the aware.


The MIC and NSA are PUKES.


The problem is that the Masses are too zombiefied and hypnotized through thier TeeVee to see the illusion. They have no other perspective than that which is spoonfed to them.


SICK. It is so fucking sick. Yet they are so damned deserving.

vxpatel's picture


synergize's picture

How is this our business?



If you are fed up with whats happening with the government - it all stems from one major thing: the government's control of our money.  We have placed in our government the ability to control the money supply and dish out new money to whomever they please (usually their cronies and the banks) and to spend and create that money in infinite amounts to SUPPRESS we, the People.

To break this system we have to bring back real money and thus limit government control over money and our lives.  We can break the system by overwhelming the physical markets and give a no-vote to their control over money - they key is the small silver market.

Join the Silver Pledge - an effort to change the system by having investors join up and buy physical silver - together we can break this market and take back our government.

You can read more here:

If you dont like it dont sign up - but for people who are sick of sitting and doing nothing at least lets work together to BREAK this silver market

vxpatel's picture

i wonder how smart it is to put your name/contact info on a 'revolutionary' list, that if it has any merit, will surely be snooped upon by the NSA.

pointer's picture

create an alias with a totally separate email and fake address.

Check that email address at public places like Starbucks on a computer that has cleared cache and cookies to make it hard to track you.

Everyone online should have an alias.  I have 3 or 4 facebook accounts.  One personality is a radical revolutionary, one is a hot chick and the other is...I'm not sure.

This mentality of having to drive your life within the lines of the road the government has painted on the asphalt is for the sheep.  Grow a pair and be a rebel!

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

"For the children"

... for Rothschildren

vxpatel's picture

many ways to rebel my friend...mine is simply to avoid all consumption, at least to the extent used, local, sustainable, farmers markets....small family shops ...etc....while avoiding anything advertised on tv....

RiverRoad's picture

I may have a bag over my head, but one thing they'll never get is my measurements!

Tall Tom's picture

You post here? Guess what? YOU ARE ON THE LIST.


Big deal.


I am not afraid of them at all. That is why they are afraid of me, and others like me, that post here. That is the reason why we are on the list.


Collapse baby collapse.

Spastica Rex's picture

I thought a private bank was in control of our money, and that was bad.

john39's picture

twice the trouble...  government doesn't control the money.... and the people don't control the government.   the latter issue no doubt is to ensure that the people don't realize the former.

WOAR's picture



Silver Bug's picture

The only thing America can produce anymore is fiat garbage and perpetual wars.

Money 4 Nothing's picture

the reason why the shooting at the mall happened to begin with is because the country of Kenya was converting currency the next day to the ¥ and dropping the United States dollar.

this is all an Imperialism power play.. again. 

22winmag's picture

Kerry the Crypto Jew.

Seize Mars's picture

There is nothing wrong with telling the truth. The guy's name is Kohn. John Kohn. He kept it that way on purpose, to fool his constituents in Massachusetts into believing that he's an Irish catholic.
It's called "affinity fraud." It's the same technique used by madoff and by the original ponzi himself.
It has nothing to do with him being Jewish, it has everything to do with him being a man of low character.
As for myself, I tend to like and respect jewish people, but this guy is a bad apple. A real bad apple.

CH1's picture

It's a fucking obsession. They have a deep and abiding need to say "Jew," with some (any) kind of negative connotation.They'll spend hours trying find find Jewish connections. How much time do they spend finding Estonian or Romanian connections?

Fuck you Nazi trolls.

Seize Mars's picture

So ignore the guy. Who cares. Do you know how much anti-Christian venom is spit out by the TV all day long?

TeamDepends's picture

Serious question:  Has francis s been banned?  And to your point, check this out:

Military Priests Face Arrest for Celebrating Mass in Defiance of Shutdown
Kirk2NCC1701's picture

For the sake of intellectual integrity, you'd want to test the DOD if they had the balls to shut down a military Rabi.
Any bets -- for fun?

Tim_'s picture

Kirk, you're assuming that jews actually serve in the military (besides all of the jewish generals). Why do you think they got rid of the crosses in the military cemeteries? It was becoming too difficult for them to zoom in on the sole Star of David when they were making war movies.

Can you spot the jew is this picture of the original Arlington National Cemetery?

CH1's picture

So ignore the guy. Who cares. Do you know how much anti-Christian venom is spit out

So, I said Kerry was good and it's okay to kill Christians? I was very clear on that, was I?

Look up "bifurcation fallacy" or "excluded middle" if you have any guts.

Seize Mars's picture


Mellow down easy, bro. All I'm saying is that you're not the only person offended on a daily basis. And if some fool is making you feel bad on some internet blog post, then ignore the guy.

john39's picture

what are you afraid of CH1?  the truth is staring you in the face.   The Jewish identity, like most identities, is a construct.   There is no Jewish race, there never was.   Even Jewish scholars have admitted, there are several different racial groups that claim to belong to the identity construct.  The word "Jew" is a relatively modern creation as well.   its also not difficult to see that much of the current world's legal and economic systems have their roots in talmudic traditions.  when you study the talmud, it should not come as a shock that the world looks like it does now, as the contents are quite racist, supremist, and promote 'situational ethics'.     I would say that the "Jewish" cultural identity is used to mind control (most) of the memebers of the group, as well as to oppress non-members.   the truth is ugly, but better to see it for what it is.

Bay of Pigs's picture

Apparently CH1 can't have a conversation on this subject without his head exploding. Best to ignore him I guess.

He junks you instead of addressing your well laid out comment.

CH1's picture

The Jewish identity, like most identities, is a construct.

Then why do you give a shit?

I'll be impressed when you spend hours pointing out which people are Mennonites, or Croatians, or Hmung.

john39's picture

know any central banks run by mennonites?

fxrxexexdxoxmx's picture

My mother is a jew so fuck her too!

LawyerScum's picture

Natalie Portman is the world's hottest jew. I regularly dream of her wearing the torn mid-rift costume in AOTC. I know that adds nothing to the conversation, just thought I'd throw that in there.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

@CH1 "Fuck Off!"

Brian:  "Now Fuck Off!"

;-)  Sometimes humor works best to break tension.