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U.S. Special Forces Tried to Rescue Hostage Held by Al-Qaeda

December 5, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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Concerns over an American held hostage by al Qaeda in Yemen has turned dire, after a report was confirmed that U.S. Special Forces launched an operation to rescue him had failed.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a video purportedly showing  the hostage and warned he has just days to live.

In the video, it is believed that Luke Somers was not aware U.S Special Operations tried to rescue him in November.

“I’m looking for any help that can get me out of this situation,” Somers said in the video. “I’m certain that my life is in danger.”

The attempted mission took place on Nov. 21, when the Joint Special Operations Command notified the Pentagon it had discerned the location where they believed Somers was being held hostage and requested permission to conduct a rescue operation.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gave the go ahead and sent an official request to the White House for the president’s approval.

The following day, the president’s national security advisers conducted a meeting and approved the mission, however on Sunday morning, surveillance of the location revealed two hostages being taken to a different location.

The president at the time was spending the weekend in Nevada, gave the final approval on Sunday afternoon, ordering the raid to be conducted during the “next period of darkness,” which was Monday night, Nov. 24.

The special forces unit were flown by helicopter into Yemen and hiked to the location, which is believed to be a cave.

The commandos engaged the militants killing six al Qaeda guards and rescued eight hostages, most of them Yemeni, unfortunately Somers was not at the location.

Intelligence officials believe he was one of the two hostages taken away from the cave.

A local al Qaeda leader warned the U.S. not to Attempt another rescue.

Somers’ brother and mother posted a video on YouTube Thursday, pleading with his captors they had nothing to do with the raid.

“Please understand that we had no prior knowledge of the rescue attempt for Luke and we mean no harm to anyone,” Jordan Somers said.

AQAP has given the U.S. three days to meet a number of unknown demands or Somers will face what the terror group deemed “his inevitable fate.”

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