“Of course, we regularly consult with our friends in the region; we consult regularly with the Libyan Government on a range of security and counterterrorism issues,” Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in Bali. “But we don’t get into the specifics of our communications with a foreign government or in any kind of operation of this kind.
“We are grateful to their support,” Adam added. “Otherwise the whole region will be in turmoil.”
The Department of Defense sought to portray the raid as a success.
“While the operation did not result in Ikrima's capture, U.S. military personnel conducted the operation with unparalleled precision and demonstrated that the United States can put direct pressure on al-Shabaab leadership at any time of our choosing,” spokesman George Little said in a statement. “Working in partnership with the government of the Federal Republic of Somalia, the United States military will continue to confront the threat posed by al-Shabaab.”
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