Hostage Murders in Yemen a Coup for Al-Qaida


Originally published in US News

‘Al-Qaida militants in Yemen may have lost hostages and the prospect of ransom money in recent days, but a bloody and ultimately unsuccessful U.S. commando rescue attempt guaranteed the extremists at least one thing: continued relevance.

Captured American photojournalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie were killed in a raid and firefight on Friday night in which U.S. special operations forces attempted to rescue them from captivity inside the tumultuous Arab nation. The commandos were acting on intelligence that Somers was about to be executed, following a previous failed attempt to rescue the American last month.’

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