Statement by US Defense Secretary Hagel on military operations in Libya and Somalia:
Over the weekend, US military personnel conducted targeted operations in Libya and Somalia to bring international terrorists to justice. I want to commend all of the service members who were involved in the planning and execution of these two operations, which demonstrate the unparalleled precision, global reach, and capabilities of the United States military.
As a result of the Libya operation, one of the world’s most wanted terrorists was captured and is now in US custody. Abu Anas al Libi was designated as a global terrorist by Executive Order, was a subject of the US Rewards for Justice Program, and is on the UN Al Qaeda sanctions list. He was also indicted for his alleged role in the 1998 US embassy bombings in Africa, and other plots to conduct attacks against US interests.
These operations in Libya and Somalia send a strong message to the world that the United States will spare no effort to hold terrorists accountable, no matter where they hide or how long they evade justice. We will continue to maintain relentless pressure on terrorist groups that threaten our people or our interests, and we will conduct direct action against them, if necessary, that is consistent with our laws and our values.
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