October 8th, 2013
06:08 AM ET

SEAL team Somalia mission: Capturing suspect

U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six pulled out during a raid in Somalia to capture suspected Al-Shabaab leader Ikrima when it became clear that he couldn't be taken alive, a senior U.S. 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," said the official, who has direct knowledge of the entire Somalia operation but declined to be identified publicly.

The official said the SEALs faced heavy opposition and an intense firefight broke out, leading to the withdrawal.


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  1. saywhat

    As i said earlier, the course that we are adopting in what is called the 'arc of instability' in N.Africa is rather late in the day. As this raid portrays. The Libyan raid also went bad as it is likely to fuel more instability in that country already reeling under the effects of NATO war.

    October 8, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    The world watched as state after state started failing, surrendering to anarchy and poverty. letting the terrorists, criminals and mercenaries take hold in n.Africa.
    This problem now needs a massive and serious effort from the Intl.community, both the West & African Union to attack the core causes.

    October 8, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |