What we’re watching Sunday

BY Elisabeth Ponsot  October 6, 2013 at 10:48 AM EST

U.S. commandos strike terror targets in Libya and Somalia

American special forces in Tripoli captured Libyan al-Qaida leader Abu Anas al Libi– a man been linked to the 1998 African embassy bombings.

The ’98 strikes on U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania killed 12 American diplomats and 200 Kenyan citizens, as well as 11 Tanzanians, respectively.

Plus, new details have emerged about a Navy SEAL raid in Somalia to capture a suspect in the Kenyan mall attack: the team was forced to abort its mission after running into a fierce firefight.
Of the strikes, Secretary of State John Kerry said:

“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… Those members of al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations literally can run but they can’t hide.”

Pentagon Press Secretary George Little released this statement about the capture of Abu Anas al Libi:

On Oct. 5, the Department of Defense, acting under military authorities, conducted an operation to apprehend longtime Al Qaeda member Abu Anas al Libi in Libya. He is currently lawfully detained under the law of war in a secure location outside of Libya.

Wherever possible, our first priority is and always has been to apprehend terrorist suspects, and to preserve the opportunity to elicit valuable intelligence that can help us protect the American people.

Abu Anas al Libi has been indicted in the Southern District of New York in connection with his alleged role in Al Qaeda’s conspiracy to kill U.S.nationals and to conduct attacks against U.S. interests worldwide, which included Al Qaeda plots to attack U.S. forces stationed in Saudi Arabia,Yemen, and Somalia, as well as the U.S. embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya.

The successful capture operation was made possible by superb work and coordination across our national security agencies and the intelligence community, and was approved by President Obama. No American personnel or civilians on the ground were injured during the operation. These actions are a clear sign that the United States is committed to using all the tools at our disposal to bring to justice those who commit terrorist acts against Americans.

DOD recalls furloughed workers, shutdown continues

Meanwhile in Washington, the House is in recess after passing a bill Saturday to provide back pay to furloughed workers — a measure the Senate is expected to pass this week.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel also ordered nearly all of the 350,000 furloughed civilian workers at the Department of Defense back to work.