Rescue Mission Failure: U.S. and France Attempt Hostage Rescue, Miserable Failure, French Hostage Presumed DEAD.

An underreported mission to rescue a French hostage in Somalia failed miserably on Friday and now the hostage is presumed to be dead. The White House says the U.S. involvement was “limited technical support” for the French against al-Shabab terrorists. Reading between the lines it appears the terms of assistance are defined due to the failure. Here is the most comprehensive information we can find:

(Associated Press) MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The night of mayhem and death started with the sound of helicopters above pitch-black fields. When it was over, the French intelligence agent who had been held hostage for more than three years was almost certainly dead, as was at least one French commando, and the home that served as the agent’s final jail was destroyed. And now the Somalis living in the muddy farm town had new cause to fear the militants controlling their street.

It was too dark to see beyond the brief glow of flashlights, but noise was everywhere, said Ali Bulhan, who woke up when the earth started vibrating to the beat of the helicopter rotors. And the flashlights were abruptly extinguished when the French soldiers shot the Somalis who had turned them on to see what was happening in their town in the dead of night, said town elder Hussein Yasin.

The commandos were there to free a French intelligence agent captured on Bastille Day in 2009. The man, known by his code-name Denis Allex, was chained up, abused and moved from one safe house to another, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Sunday. Le Drian said the government decided to stage the rescue a month ago, when Allex’s location seemed to have settled down “in a spot accessible by the sea.”

sealteamHelicopters were dispatched from a French ship that had been on an enforced news blackout for weeks, according to the French newspaper Le Point. When the commandos arrived in Bulomarer late Friday, children began screaming in confusion and fighters from the Islamist al-Shabab, which has controlled the town for years, began racing along the streets, their cell phones pressed to their ears.

“They had a terrible night as well,” said Ali Bulhan, who refused to give his last name for fear of reprisal.

President Barack Obama said Sunday that the U.S. military provided “imited technical support” to French forces leading the operation, but the Americans had no direct role in the assault on the al-Shabab compound. Obama disclosed the U.S. role Sunday in a letter alerting Congress about the deployment of U.S. forces.

Obama said U.S. combat aircraft briefly entered Somali airspace to support the rescue operation, if needed, but did not employ their weapons during the operation. The president said he directed U.S. forces to support the French rescue operation “in furtherance of U.S. national security interests.”

The local accounts, along with that of a Somali intelligence official and the French defense minister, offer a glimpse into a chaotic rescue attempt in which nothing seemed to go as planned.

“Extracting a hostage is extremely difficult,” Le Drian said.

alshabaab-training SomaliaYasin said the gunbattle started on the ground when the French commandos encountered an Islamist checkpoint. Al Bulhan said only a few hours could have passed between that moment and the time when the French helicopters stopped firing on homes and instead ferried the surviving French troops to safety “but it felt like an entire day.”

French officials, including the president, and a Somali intelligence official said Allex was almost certainly killed by his captors. The intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to speak to the press, said Sunday that the home where the agent was held was destroyed in the attack Saturday, and that intelligence networks “do not have any information indicating he is still alive.”

Al-Shabab has offered no proof for its claims that Allex was still alive and that a wounded French soldier was in its custody as well. French officials acknowledge a missing soldier, but say they believe he is dead.

“Bullets rattled every corner,” Ali Bulhan said. “Helicopters were firing at nearby homes.”

The fighting took an even steeper toll on the Islamists, according to French officials and locals. Ali Bulhan said he thought the fighters had already taken away the bodies of their comrades. French officials said they counted 17 dead among the Islamists.

After the sounds of battle faded and the helicopters were gone, frightened al-Shabab fighters locked down the town, added checkpoints, arrested junior commanders for fear someone had tipped off the French forces, and seized cell phones of residents, Ali Bulhan said.

“I was told that the dead French soldier was hiding and was shot after he turned on a flashlight,” he said. He did not know when, but later saw the body of a European being dragged into a car.

Businesses shut down for the day Sunday.

“It was a burial day for the fighters,” Ali Bulhan said, “and a deadly day for the French as well.”  (link)

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7 Responses to Rescue Mission Failure: U.S. and France Attempt Hostage Rescue, Miserable Failure, French Hostage Presumed DEAD.

  1. canadacan says:

    The French did a great job. They are in a prolonged Death grip with a determined enemy. Nothing to be a.
    shamed of here.
    I wonder how many of these Islamic fascist were armed
    by the Americans . wake up world the enemy is at the gates. no cheese eating surrender monkeys here.

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  2. canadacan says:

    Barry said the US gave technical support but no combat support. more pansy ass politics. I’m so sick of stand down. I’m sure it was frustrating to the Americans involved they do such a great job.

    Wake up world the enemy is at the gates. and I don’t mean wasting our time in Afghanistan either.
    .

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  3. czarowniczy says:

    I’ve worked enough ‘joint’ operations to know that whenever you join to different militaries you decrease each unit’s effectiveness. The units do the same job but train and operate differently in some areas and, oh yes, there’s the language hurdle. The American and the French units may share some training and doctrine but they do not work together as a team enough to be able to operate together with the same ‘muscle memory’ as they do as separate teams.
    The other factor is the Islamic fighters – most Americans believe that they are a rag-tag batch of towel heads with rusty AKs and 30 minutes worth of training. The Islamic units that are at the tip of the spear are well-trained, there are various factions in the Mideast that take minute interest in US field and SpecOp tactics, send them back to specialized teams that analyze them and develop their own offensive and defensive measures. Many of the people we are fighting there have been trained by US or Russian military and are quite capable of developing doctrine and tactics – how well the rank-and-file carry it out is another point but even there the training is getting better.
    The bad guys learn from past mistakes, they take a lot closer care of hostages now and I’m betting we see a lot more dead ones in future rescue attempts. I doubt we’ll see as much operational data stuffed in one place as we did at OBL’s house and I’m looking at them obtaining more anti-helicopter systems from places such as – oh, let’s say – unnamed countries. It ain’t the SpecOps folk’s fault, they are up against an evolving enemy with lots of time on its generally unwashed hands.

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  4. Josh says:

    The uniforms worn by the losers in the background look all too familiar.
    Just seems like their uniforms and equipment are becoming sophisticated rather quickly.

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