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Pentagon: U.S. Forces Take Al-Qaida Leader In Libya

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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.

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