U.S. Counterterrorism Tactic: Go Small, Go Home


As the U.S. entered its 13th year in Afghanistan Oct. 7, a pair of special operations thousands of miles away in Africa displayed America's changing approach to terrorism. A successful snatch of Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai--alias Anas al-Liby--by U.S. commandos in Tripoli ended a 15-year hunt for the alleged al-Qaeda operative indicted in 2000 for the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. U.S. Army Delta Force troops attacked al-Liby's black Hyundai SUV as he returned from morning prayers Oct. 5, smashing the driver's window, pulling him out and fleeing...

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