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October 7th, 2013
06:03 AM ET

U.S. Terror Raids: Two Operations. Two Outcomes. Many Questions

Two secret blitzes. Two high-value targets. Two very different outcomes.

U.S. forces conducted dual raids on northern and eastern coasts of Africa over the weekend in the hunt for two suspected terrorists: Abu Anas al Libi, a suspected al Qaeda operative wanted for the deadly 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa; and an Al-Shabaab foreign fighter commander named Ikrima.

American forces snatched al Libi in the Libyan capital Saturday morning. But 3,000 miles away, the plan to catch Ikrima didn't go as planned. Navy SEALs came under heavy fire during their raid and had to retreat - not knowing whether Ikrima was dead or alive


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July 1st, 2013
05:48 AM ET

President Obama visits Tanzania – Nima Elbaghir reports

President Obama spent an emotional weekend in South Africa, where former South African President Nelson Mandela is still in critical but stable condition at a hospital in Pretoria.

Mandela is said to be still on life support, with his family by his bedside.

While he did not see Mandela himself, the president did meet with Mandela's family. He also visited Robben island where the anti-apartheid icon was held prisoner for many years.

The president is now on his way to Africa's east coast, to visit Tanzania.

Nima Elbaghir has the latest.

June 27th, 2013
05:19 AM ET

President Obama in Senegal – Brianna Keilar reports

President Obama is in Senegal today for the first leg of his trip to Africa.

CNN’s Brianna Keilar is traveling with the president and joins "Early Start" live from the capital of Dakar with details on his trip.