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Al Qaeda Operative Captured in Tripoli: October 8, 2013

Al Qaeda Operative Captured in Tripoli: October 8, 2013

Al Qaeda operative captured in Tripoli: October 8, 2013

On October 5, 2013, U.S. Special Forces successfully captured a high-level al Qaeda leader in Tripoli, Libya. In a departure from the Obama administration's liberal use of drone strikes in pursing terrorists abroad, the use of U.S. Special Forces has gained appeal for its ability to obtain actionable intelligence from suspected terrorists and to deliver these suspects for civilian trials in the United States, though the legality of such military actions has been questioned. However, instability in the Middle East has continued to plague diplomatic efforts to pursue such suspects.

Two Missions, Two Results

On the morning of October 5, 2013, U.S. Special Forces attempted simultaneous strikes against alleged terrorists ...

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