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VIDEO: US Special Forces Abduct Terror Suspect In Libya

Submitted by on February 11, 2014 – 9:49 amNo Comment

A stunning new video obtained by the Washington Post shows US special forces in action, as they abduct a suspected terrorist in Libya. The candid look inside US anti-terror operations comes as controversial drone strikes once again make headlines.

Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai is an alleged al-Qaeda operative and former close associate of Osama bin Laden. He was the subject of a US manhunt for thirteen years before he was taken outside his home by a joint CIA-FBI-Special Forces operation in the predawn hours of Oct. 5.

The dark, grainy video from a nearby closed circuit camera shows a sedan (al-Ruqai) pull up outside the home from the lower left corner of the screen. A van also comes from that direction, and cuts off the sedan. Men exit the van, guns drawn. Al-Ruqai attempts to drive around the van, but another vehicle enters from the right and cuts off his escape. A third vehicle pulls into the frame at the end of the street on the far upper left, and waits there.

A wall blocks much of the scene, but the men appear to get al-Ruqai into the van. About 45 seconds after the sedan pulls into view, all four vehicles drive off.

Another vehicle pulls into view at the end of the street at the far left of the screen; it waits a few seconds before also driving off.

Seconds later, young men emerge from the home and run into the street, chasing the vehicles.

According to the Post, the operation was conducted by Delta Force, an elite and secretive unit of the US Army, which is part of the Joint Special Operations Command.

Al-Ruqai is now awaiting trail in Manhattan. His lawyer states al-Ruqai fought only against deposed Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Also this week, the AP reported that the US is considering a drone strike against a US citizen overseas. It is the first major publicly-known test of the controversial drone system since President Barack Obama announced reforms last year. According to Pentagon sources, the possible target is actively involved in plotting against the US, creating an imminent threat; and is located in a country that will not allow an on-the-ground military action, nor has been able to capture the suspect itself.

The Justice Department is building a case against the suspect; but if the man is killed before he is tried, it would support critics that say the drone policy is ultimately lawless.

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