Abu Anas al-Libi, born Nazih al-Ragye, who has been captured by US forces during a raid in Libya. Photograph: Getty Images
ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Pentagon released details, on Sunday morning, about their capture of an Al Qaeda leader in Libya.
U.S. forces caught "longtime Al Qaeda member" Abu Anas al Libi on Saturday, in a military operation in Libya, officials said.
Libi has been taken to a "secure location" outside of Libya, military officials said.
"Wherever possible, our first priority is and always has been to apprehend terrorist suspects, and to preserve the opportunity to elicit valuable intelligence that can help us protect the American people," a Pentagon spokesperson said in a news release.
The Pentagon has connected Abu Anas al Libi has been connected to several attacks and plots around the world, including a plot to kill people in New York City, officials said.
"Abu Anas al Libi has been indicted in the Southern District of New York in connection with his alleged role in Al Qaeda's conspiracy to kill U.S.nationals and to conduct attacks against U.S. interests worldwide, which included Al Qaeda plots to attack U.S. forces stationed in Saudi Arabia,Yemen, and Somalia, as well as the U.S. embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya," officials said.
There were no U.S. injuries or casualties in the capture of Abu Anas al Libi.
The operation was approved by President Barack Obama, officials said.
"These actions are a clear sign that the United States is committed to using all the tools at our disposal to bring to justice those who commit terrorist acts against Americans," military officials said.