An Al-Shabaab recruitment video makes reference to 10 British militants, raising the possibility of links to the attack on a mall in Kenya.
British investigators are struggling to pierce the secrecy surrounding Kenya's Westgate mall attack.
The ‘White Widow’, Samantha Lewthwaite, may be the most notorious, but 50-100 young British Muslims have joined al Shabaab as 'jihadists'.
– George Little, press secretary of the Pentagon
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.
Libya has said today it has asked the US for "clarifications" regarding the abduction in Tripoli of an al Qaeda leader linked to the 1998 US Embassy bombings in east Africa, adding that Libyans should be tried in their own country.
In a statement, the government said it "contacted the American authorities and asked it to present clarifications" regarding the al-Libi abduction. It also said it hoped the incident would not impact its strategic relationship with the United States.
Somalian militant group al Shabaab has said that no "senior official" was in the house in Barawe raided by US forces on Saturday, according to Reuters.
"The US claim that a senior Al Shabaab official was in the house is false. No senior official was in the house," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's military operation spokesman said.
"Normal fighters lived in the house and they bravely counter-attacked and chased the attackers. The apostate Somali government is nothing in Somalia, no one asked them for permission to carry out the attack."
Somalia's prime minister Abdi Farah Shirdon said today that his government was working with international partners and neighbouring states to combat al-Shabaab, following the US raid on a militant base. He said:
"We have collaboration with the world and with neighbouring countries in the battle against al- Shabaab."
The US has warned Islamist terrorist organisations that "they can run but they can't hide," following two raids targeting senior militants in Africa.
Yesterday, American commandos captured an al-Qaeda suspect in Libya, wanted over the US Embassy bombings of fifteen years ago.
Special forces also raided a stronghold of al-Shabaab, the Somali-based group behind last month's attack on a Kenyan shopping mall, as Nick Thatcher reports.
Abu Anas al Libi is being "lawfully detained under the law of war" in a secure location outside of Libya, according to a statement from the US Department of Defense.
It said he has been "indicted in the Southern District of New York in connection with his alleged role in al Qaeda’s conspiracy to kill US nationals and to conduct attacks against US interests worldwide."
– The US Department of Defense
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.
Pentagon Press Secretary George Little has commented on the "successful" capture of Abu Anas al-Libi.
Successful operation--approved by #POTUS--to capture Abu Anas al-Libi made possible by strong coordination across US natl security agencies.
Officials in Tripoli have described the capture of al-Qaeda suspect Anas al Libi as the "kidnap of a Libyan citizen" and demanded an explanation from the US government.
A raid by US special forces in Somalia to capture a suspected al Qaida leader linked to last month's Nairobi shopping centre attack has been aborted after a fierce firefight.
A US Navy Seal team swam ashore near a town in southern Somalia before militants of the al Qaida-linked terrorist group al-Shabaab rose for prayers, US and Somali officials told The Associated Press.
A raid on a house in the town of Barawe failed to get its target, one current and one former US military official told The Associated Press.
The Pentagon confirmed that US military personnel had been involved in a counter-terrorism operation against a known al-Shabab terrorist in Somalia.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said today that the US military raids in north Africa sends the message that terrorists "can run but they can't hide."
Speaking in Bali for an economic summit, he said: "We hope that this makes clear that the United States of America will never stop in the effort to hold those accountable who conduct acts of terror.
"Members of al-Qaeda and other terrorist organisations literally can run but they can't hide."
He added that the US would "continue to try to bring people to justice in an appropriate way with hopes that ultimately these kinds of activities against everybody in the world will stop."