In the video, al-Libi's car stops in front of his house shortly
before dawn last October. A white van pulls up next to him and Delta commandos
leap out. Freeze the video and you can clearly see one of them standing in
front of the car his pistol trained on the front seat. Another van pulls into blocking position as a second commando goes for the driver's side door. The
commandos wrestle al-Libi out of his car and into the van and speed away.
The next day al-Libi's family
described the attack, which was presumably recorded by a security camera. A few dings and one broken window were the
only evidence of the violent confrontation. By then, al-Libi was being interrogated aboard a U.S. Navy ship in the Mediterranean.
He is believed to have once been close to Osama
Bin Laden and is accused of playing a role in the 1998 bombings of two American
embassies in Africa, which left more than 200 dead.
American commandos have been carrying
out kill or capture raids virtually every night in Afghanistan and before that
in Iraq. But it is extremely rare to
ever see them in action, especially in a country like Libya, where the U.S. is
not at war.