Nightly News   |  October 07, 2013

Terror suspect interrogated by US on warship

Abu Anas al-Libi will remain on the warship for days, maybe weeks, and then brought the US for trial for his role in planning the 1998 bombing of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. NBC’s Richard Engel reports.

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>>> as special operators for good reason. they are the members of the u.s. armed forces who move in the shadows and pull off missions not thought possible this weekend in two missions u.s. special operators target two u.s. overseas operatives, terrorists that the u.s. had been following and targeting for some time. the first raid was in libya . the second was in somalia . the target in the first raid was seized by b members of the army's delta force . but something happened in the second military action. something unforeseen and members of the u.s. nay svy s.e.a.l. team 6 had to pull out. richard engel is back with us in studio tonight. a busy weekend for special operators.

>> it was. two very very important operations. we have new details about one of them. let's start with the raid in libya which was the only operation that actually succeeded in capturing its target. one of america's most wanted terror suspects is now locked in the brig of this warship. the u.s.s. san antonio owe. anas al libi will remain there for weeks. and then brought to the u.s. for trial for his role in the planning of the 1998 bombings of the u.s. embassies in kenya and tanzania. it was a bold snatch and grab in this neighborhood. u.s. troops surrounded his car in broad daylight. his son showing where they smashed the car window and dragged him from the vehicle.

>> translator: his wife said she watched from her window.

>> reporter: u.s. officials say the bombings have all the fingerprints of middle east terror.

>> it was al qaeda 's first strike against u.s. targets, a wake up call .

>> reporter: the embassy bombings were al qaeda 's coming out party. it was al qaeda saying, we are here. we are targeting you. we are going to kill americans.

>> among more than 200 dead, army sergeant kenneth hobson. his widow debra today.

>> reporter: it is soothing to know the government is still after them and methodically and deliberately going after them.

>> it's been a long time coming.

>> reporter: we will use all the means at our disposal to the bring those responsible to justice no matter what or how long it takes.

>> like israel after munich the u.s. has hunted down the 22 suspects ini diagnosticed in the embassy bombings. nine are now dead including osama bin laden . four are at large including ay man al zawahiri . an arrest 15 years in the making. that was the operation in libya . almost at the same time there was another raid. this one in somalia . that one targeted al shabaab , the terrorist organization that carried out the attack on the mall in kenya last month. this operation in somalia was even more daring. navy s.e.a.l.s on an attack craft, a small boat did a beach landing under cover of darkness. they had three smaller vessels with them. they got on shore, approached the compound of one of al shabaab 's leaders. as they set up around the edges there was a man. they didn't know who he was. he was smoking a cigarette. this man saw the navy s.e.a.l.s there, went casually inside pretending nothing was wrong, alerted the militants who stormed out of the building opening fire, compromising the mission. sudd suddenly, more people started arriving. the s.e.a.l.s decided it was too the complicated. they were overwhelmed. there were civilians. they had to re treat the area and they didn't get their man.

>> reporter: