Islamic militants groups, including one blamed for the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, are using social media to call for revenge assaults on strategic targets including gas pipelines and ships and kidnappings of Americans.
Members of the Islamic extremist group known as Revolutionaries of Benganzi are reaching out to Muslims using Facebook and social media forums to call for revenge for what they call the "kidnapping" of an Al-Qaeda member in Tripoli on Saturday.
Other messages urged Libyans to target ships and planes and to kidnap American citizens living in Libya to exchange them for imprisoned jihadists.
On Tuesday, Libyan Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan said Libyan citizens accused of crimes should be tried at home, but that Saturday's U.S. Commando raid that captured one of the FBI's most wanted terrorists, Abu Anas al-Liby, would not harm ties with the United States government.
"Our relationship with the USA is important, and we care about that, but we care too about our citizens, which is our duty," Zeidan told reporters after a meeting with the Moroccan government in Rabat."
Al-Liby's brother Nabih told the Associated Press that he witnessed personnel in three vehicles encircled his brother, and smash his car's window and seized his gun before grabbing him and fleeing.
The AP identified those involved in the capture of Anas al-Liby in Tripoli as members of the U.S. Army's Delta Force unit.
In a statement on Sunday, the Libyan government said it “contacted the American authorities and asked it to present clarifications” regarding the al-Liby abduction.
Al-Liby was on the FBI's most Wanted Terrorists list since its inception on October 10, 2001.
The United States Department of State, through the Rewards for Justice Program, offered up to 5 million dollars for information about the location of Abu Anas al-Liby, suspected in the bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, on August 7, 1998, that killed 224 and injured more than 4000 other innocent victims.
U.S. officials said al-Liby is currently being held in military custody aboard the U.S. naval vessel USS San Antonio under the laws of war, which means a person can be captured and held indefinitely as an enemy combatant.
A New York-based Human Rights Watch has voiced concerns over the capture of al-Liby, and urged the United States to ensure al-Liby was "promptly charged before a judge and given access to a lawyer in accordance with international human rights law."
There has been much debate in the post 9/11 world as to what rights if any are extended to suspected terrorists by the United States government, even in cases where suspected terrorists are American citizens.