Two secret blitzes. Two high-value targets. Two very different results.
U.S. forces launched dual raids on the northern and eastern coasts of Africa over the weekend in the hunt for two alleged 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.
While officials have disclosed some details, many questions remain. Here are the five key ones:
1. What's next for al Libi?
He spent 15 years on the run and had a $5 million reward on his head. But he was captured in less than a minute by U.S. Army Delta Force members outside his home in Tripoli.
The Pentagon said the U.S. military was holding al Libi in a "secure location" outside Libya. There, a team of officials from the FBI, the CIA and other intelligence agencies will grill him for intelligence on al Qaeda.
Eventually, he'll be taken to New York to face federal charges.
U.S. authorities have long wanted al Libi to stand trial in an American court for his alleged role in the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania that left over 200 dead and thousands wounded.
In December 2010, Libyan authorities told a U.N. committee that al Libi was living there, even giving a Tripoli address for him.
But al Libi hadn't been apprehended until now because of the delicate security situation in much of Libya, where ex-jihadists -- especially those who once belonged to the Libyan Islamic Fighters Group -- held considerable sway since the ultimate ouster of longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi.
There's no extradition treaty between Libya and the United States. And Libya's interim government has called al Libi's capture a "kidnapping."
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry disputes that. He described al Libi as a key al Qaeda figure who is a "legal and an appropriate target."
Kerry said Monday that al Libi "will now have an opportunity to defend himself and to be appropriately brought to justice in a court of law."
2. Could al Libi be a treasure trove of information?
That's the hope, but it might not happen.
Edith Bartley, who lost her father and brother in the embassy attack in Nairobi, said she was relieved when Osama bin Laden -- also indicted in the embassy attacks -- was killed in 2011. But she's also happy that al Libi is in U.S. hands.
"Certainly, we are very pleased to know that we can have someone who is captured, and for the wealth of information that may be available to our intelligence community and our military personnel," she said. "You can't put a price on that."
If he talks, al Libi could offer valuable information on men he worked with inside Libya, as well as al Qaeda in general.
"He is a big catch. He is going to know about the Libyan branch of al Qaeda," CNN National Security Analyst Bob Baer said. "He knows the entire infrastructure of the early days of bin Laden. Catching this guy alive, he's got a lot to say, a lot -- carrying a lot of phone numbers, all sorts of knowledge."
But some think al Libi probably doesn't know much about the current operational details of al Qaeda.
"There's a lot of thought out there that al Libi may have sort of gone into semi-retirement," CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr said. "Maybe he was in Libya, of course, to start an al Qaeda operation there, but had sort of moved away over the last 15 years from some of his potential activities."
Libyan counterterrorism analyst Noman Benotman, a former jihadist associate of al Libi's, also said his former colleague has been out of the game for a while.
Al Libi's wife agreed, saying he was living a normal life and was not in hiding. She said he actually reapplied for a job with the oil ministry.
Umm Abdul Rahman said her husband left al Qaeda in 1996 and had no connection to the twin 1998 bombings at U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.