Why did US Navy SEALs raid on al Shabab leader fail?

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 12:35

Zee Media Bureau

Washington: Revealing the identity of the al Shabab leader on target of US Navy SEALs, the Pentagon has admitted that the US special forces failed to nab him and a US official disclosed that the raid was aborted as the militant could not be captured alive.

According to a CNN report, a US official said that the Navy SEALs decided to abort the mission when it became clear that they would not be able to nab him alive.

Presence of children in the compound was another reason for the Navy SEALS to abort its mission, another US official told CNN.

"Their mission was to capture him. Once it became clear we were not going to (be) able to take him, the Navy commander made the decision to withdraw," the US official told CNN.

The al Shabab leader attacked by the US Navy SEAL Team Six near his seaside villa has been identified as a Kenyan of Somali origin named Abdikadir Mohamed Abdikadir, also known as `Ikrima`.

According to a CNN report, Ikrima, is said to be in his late 20s and is wanted by both the Kenyan government and its Western allies.
The report adds that Ikrima was involved in several terror plots planned to target places in Kenya, citing a Kenyan intelligence report that was leaked just after the Westgate mall.

Ikrima is also supposed to be closely linked to with now-deceased al-Qaeda operatives Harun Fazul and Saleh Nabhan, who played roles in the 1998 bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi and in the 2002 attacks on a hotel and airline in Mombassa that resulted in the deaths of Kenyan and Israeli citizens.

The US Navy Seal Team Six, which is known for carrying out Obama raid successfully, staggered to nab Ikrima as it faced a fierce resistance while fighting to nab Ikrima at his beachside house in Somalia’s town of Baraawe.

Speaking on the raid in Somalia targeting Ikrima, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said, “The goal of the operation was to capture Ikrima under legal authorities… While the operation did not result in Ikrima`s capture, US military personnel conducted the operation with unparallelled precision and demonstrated that the United States can put direct pressure on al-Shabaab leadership at any time of our choosing”.
Though the US raid in Somalia turned out to be unsuccessful, another raid by US delta Forces in Libya was fruitful and an al Qaeda leader Abu Anas al-Libi was nabbed fro outside his home in Tripoli.

According to the latest reports, the US officials were quizzing al-Libi aboard a Navy ship in the Mediterranean Sea after which he would be taken to New York for criminal persecution.



First Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 09:47

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