A dangerous rescue mission ended in tragedy yesterday as a US Citizen was murdered by Terrorists.
President Barack Obama ordered U.S. Special Operations Forces to conduct a mission in Yemen to rescue a U.S. citizen, Luke Somers, and any other foreign nationals held hostage with him by Al-Qaeda terrorists. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says, “There were compelling reasons to believe Mr. Somers’ life was in imminent danger.”
“Both Mr. Somers and a second non-U.S. citizen hostage were murdered by the AQAP terrorists during the course of the operation. On behalf of the men and women of the U.S. armed forces, I extend our condolences, thoughts, and prayers to their families and loved ones,” said Hagel.
Special forces were able to kill several of the terrorists, but were not able to rescue Somers. “The rescue attempt took place in central Yemen and was conducted in partnership with the Government of Yemen.”