Problems for the United States in dealing with the partial U.S. government shutdown have now been compounded by heated tempers overseas dealing with a U.S. military venture in Libya. The Washington Post reported on Oct. 6, 2013, "Libya condemns U.S. raid and capture of bombing suspect."
On Sunday the Libyan government condemned what it has referred to as the kidnapping of one of its citizens who was taken into custody outside his home in Tripoli in a very unusual covert operation which was carried out by the U.S. military. U.S. officials have praised the capture of Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, who was wanted in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.
The U.S. officials see the success of this mission as an intelligence coup that will help undermine efforts by al-Qaeda to strengthen its presence in North Africa. The operation, which was carried out on Saturday, is said to be lawful under war powers which Congress granted the executive branch after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Sky News has reported, "Al Qaeda: Libya Condemns Leader's 'Kidnapping'." Libya moved quickly to condemn the capture of an al Qaeda leader who was linked to the 1998 American Embassy bombings in east Africa and who was wanted by the FBI for more than a decade.
The Libyan government is asking for answers from the U.S. over the kidnapping of a Libyan citizen on its own territory and wants to know why it was not told about the raid by the American special forces. It appears there are tense times ahead for relations between the United States and Libya and that al-Ruqai needs a good lawyer.