WaPo Obtains Rare Video Of U.S. Abducting Suspected Al-Qaeda Terrorist

February 10, 2014 3:11 p.m.

The Washington Post has obtained a video that shows members of the CIA, FBI and U.S. army special forces abducting Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, a suspected al-Qaeda terrorist, outside of his home in Tripoli, Libya in October 2013.

The footage shows a white van pull up alongside Ruqai’s stopped car. Three men jump out of the van and pull Ruqai inside the vehicle. The American team drove away with Ruqai and later detained him.

Ruqai was accused of helping plan the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa, which resulted in the deaths of more than 200 people. He was also indicted for helping Osama Bin Laden plan attacks on U.S. forces in Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Somalia.

Videos of U.S. operations like this one are extremely rare. The footage was captured by a closed-circuit camera near Ruqai’s Tripoli home.

Ruqai is awaiting trial in New York.

Watch the video courtesy of the Washington Post:

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