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US defends failed Yemen rescue operation

An image from a propaganda video released by al-Malahem Media on December 4, 2014 purportedly shows Nasser bin Ali Al-Ansi, of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, reading a message threatening to kill US hostage Luke SomersUS officials Sunday defended President Barack Obama’s decision to launch a special forces rescue operation in Yemen that ended with Al-Qaeda killing an American photojournalist and a South African teacher. Saturday’s US commando raid to free 33-year-old American Luke Somers came two days after the kidnappers had issued a video in which they threatened to kill him within 72 hours. “The United States will spare no effort to use all of its military, intelligence, and diplomatic capabilities to bring Americans home safely, wherever they are located,” he said. The South African government said Sunday it was “deeply saddened” by the killing of Korkie.

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