December 6, 2014 8:30 am -

Luke Somers, an American journalist, and Pierre Korkie, a South African citizen, were killed during a rescue attempt in Yemen by American commandos.


In a statement, President Obama said the hostages had been “murdered” by militants belonging to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula during the rescue operation. A senior United States official said that the American, Luke Somers, 33, was badly wounded when commandos reached him. By the time Mr. Somers was flown to a United States naval ship in the region, he had died from his injuries, the official said Saturday…

A Yemeni tribal leader who said he was a witness to the raid, in the southern province of Shabwa, said that two Al Qaeda militants and at least eight civilians were killed during firefights as U.S. commandos raided several homes…

The tribal leader who said he witnessed the raid, Tarek al-Daghari al-Awlaki, said helicopters and as many as a hundred troops descended on the village, Wadi Abadan. The U.S. forces deployed concussion grenades as they raided four houses in the village, he said.

“The shooting caused panic,” Mr. Daghari said. “Nine of the dead are from my tribe. Two of the dead are known to be members of Al Qaeda.” He said that two wounded civilians, a woman and a child, were taken to a nearby hospital.[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
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3 responses to American Journalist Killed In Yemen During Rescue Attempt

  1. Hirightnow December 6th, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    This will, of course, be seen by Republicans as being all Obama’s fault.

  2. Tim Coolio December 6th, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Not a good place to visit these days! and I’ve visited the pyramids but if I went there now they would probably rip my head off!

  3. StoneyCurtisll December 6th, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Damn shame they didn’t pull it off..
    Even if they had rescued they guy, the republicans would still bitch about the money spent rescuing a “liberal journalist”..
    Hell they even whined about bringing a POW home from Afghanistan.