Kerry: Capture of terror suspect in Libya legal

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Secretary of State John Kerry
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BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is defending the capture by American forces of a terrorism suspect in Libya. He says complaints from the Libyan government that the operation was a kidnapping are unfounded.

Speaking on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific economic conference in Indonesia on Monday, Kerry said the weekend seizure in Tripoli of the suspected al-Qaida operative complied with U.S. law. He says Anas al-Libi was a "legal and appropriate target" for the U.S. military and will face justice in a court of law. Kerry added it was important not to "sympathize" with wanted terrorists.

Al -Libi is accused of involvement in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, which killed more than 220 people.

Kerry 'pleased' with Syria chemical disarmament

Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States and Russia are "very pleased" with the progress made so far in destroying Syria's chemical weapons stocks.

He says Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime deserves credit for its compliance with a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for the elimination of the weapons. Speaking on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific economic conference in Indonesia on Monday, Kerry said Assad was not off the hook, but needs to continue to comply with U.N. demands.

He says it is "extremely significant" that the first weapons were destroyed Sunday, just a few weeks after the resolution passed the U.N. He called Sunday's steps toward dismantling and destroying Syria's chemical weapons arsenal "a good beginning."

Associated Press

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