Failed Yemen hostage rescue: 'act now and take the risk'

A grab taken from a propaganda video released by al-Malahem Media on December 4, 2014 purportedly shows US hostage Luke Somers, kidnapped more than a year ago in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, calling for help and saying that his life is in dangerUS special forces swooped in Saturday to rescue an American held hostage by Al-Qaeda in Yemen, but their cover was blown near the militants’ lair and Luke Somers was fatally shot. “We had indications, very good indications, that they were going to murder Mr Somers perhaps as early as the next day,” a senior US defence official said. Obama and US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel approved the daring raid Friday morning Washington time and commandos were thrown into action just hours later, according to US officials who said the mission was carried out by US forces, though Yemeni authorities were informed. The special forces flew in around 5:00 pm (2200 GMT) Friday Washington time — 1:00 am Yemen time, the dead of night — by tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft and were dropped off at a location 10 kilometres (six miles) from where the hostages were being held in the southeastern province of Shabwa.

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