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US Overseas Special Operations: Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Columbia

By: ap
By: ap

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The U.S.-led international military coalition says four of its service members have been killed in southern Afghanistan and a military official confirms all were Americans killed by an improvised explosive device.
NATO said in a statement that the four were killed Sunday during a partnered operation in the south, but did not provide any further details or their nationalities.
A military official confirmed the four were from the United States and were killed by an IED. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly.
No other details were available.
IED's have become one of the top killers of Afghan and foreign soldiers, as well as civilians.

UNITED STATES-LIBYA-MILITANT NABBED
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon says American forces have captured an al-Qaida leader in Libya who is linked to the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in east Africa.
The Pentagon identifies the leader as Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known by his alias Anas al-Libi. He has been wanted by the U.S. for more than a decade.
The chief spokesman for the Pentagon, George Little, says al-Libi has been lawfully detained by the U.S. military in a secure location outside of Libya.
Relatives of al-Libi say he was seized Saturday outside his house in the Libyan capital of Tripoli.
Al-Libi has been high on Washington's list of most-wanted fugitives. His capture would represent a significant blow to what remains of the core al-Qaida organization once led by Osama bin Laden.

UNITED STATES-SOMALIA-MILITARY STRIKE
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. official tells The Associated Press that Navy SEALs have raided a Somali coastal town looking for an al-Qaida suspect in connection with the Nairobi shopping mall attack, but did not get their target.
Two U.S. officials who discussed the raid spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to be identified.
One of the officials describes the raid as a capture operation against a high-value target. That official says U.S. forces engaged al-Shabab militants and inflicted some casualties, but that no U.S. service members were harmed.
In Washington, Pentagon spokesman George Little is confirming that the U.S. has been involved in a counterterrorism operation against a known al-Shabab terrorist, but he is not providing details.
Al-Shabab militants killed at least 67 people at Nairobi's Westgate Mall.

COLOMBIA-PLANE CRASH
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- The U.S. military says a small plane on a U.S. counter-drug mission crashed Saturday in a remote, jungle region of northern Colombia, killing three Americans and a Panamanian National Guardsman and seriously injuring the other two Americans aboard.
The military says the Havilland Dash 8 was flying over the western Caribbean when it lost radio contact with the U.S.-sponsored multinational task force in Key West, Fla., that runs drug interdiction in region.
Such planes typically track speedboats that smuggle cocaine from Colombia north into Central America and the Caribbean.
It's not immediately clear if the Americans aboard were all military contractors, although the U.S. Southern Command did say that plane was contracted by the U.S. government.
The twin-engine turboprop plane went down close to the border with Panama.
Southcom says the two injured Americans were rescued by Colombian soldiers and taken to a hospital in the capital, Bogota.


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