The White House has put special operations strike forces on standby and moved drones into the skies above Africa, ready to strike militant targets from Libya to Mali — if investigators can find the Al Qaeda-linked group responsible for the deadly attack on the US Consulate in Libya. But the administration is weighing whether the short-term payoff of exacting retribution is worth the risk of elevating the group’s profile and alienating governments the United States needs to fight it.
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