WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Obama said on Tuesday that the United States will continue to go after al Qaeda-linked groups in Africa, but that is not the same as going to war there.
"There is a difference between us going after terrorists who are plotting directly to do damage to the United States and us getting involved in wars," Obama told a news conference. "Where you've got active plots and active networks, we are going to go after them."
U.S. forces last weekend seized a senior al Qaeda figure in Libya, Nazih al-Ragye, and swooped into Somalia in an operation targeting a senior al Shabaab figure who was not caught. The captured militant in Libya, known by the cover name Abu Anas al-Liby, executed plots that killed Americans, and "he will be brought to justice," Obama said.