Details Surface of Rescue Raid To Free Luke Somers….

President Obama made the right call.  President Obama approved the best chance to rescue Luke Somers.  Period.

There are voices angry at the outcome because unknown to the rescue unit there was a second hostage, held by al-Qaeda terrorists, in the same building.  A South African hostage was also being held with Somers – both died as a result of the terrorists shooting them as the rescue was underway. 

Reports are now saying, according to the employer of the South African hostage, Pierre Korkie, he was scheduled to be released as ransom had been paid.

Obviously the outcome is tragic.  However, regardless of outcome, President Obama made the right decision.  The details are outlined below. 

somers korkie(CNN) — Al Qaeda militants killed two Western hostages in Yemen — an American photojournalist and a South African who was employed by an aid group — during a raid conducted by U.S. forces, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday.

President Barack Obama ordered Friday’s mission to save the American, Luke Somers, because “there were compelling reasons to believe Mr. Somers’ life was in imminent danger,” Hagel said.

A U.S. official said that during the raid, one of the terrorists ran inside the compound and shot the hostages.

A video of Somers pleading for his life was released earlier this week by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The U.S. was given three days to comply with unspecified demands made by the terror group; that time was due to run out.

During the raid, the militants with AQAP also killed South African hostage Pierre Korkie, according to his employer, the relief group Gift of the Givers.

Korkie was to be released on Sunday, the group said in a statement — a fact that may have been missed by the White House.

A senior State Department official told CNN’s Elise Labott that the Obama administration assessed that there were two individuals at the location but did not know one was South African or that negotiations were under way for his release.

nseals[…] The operation took place Friday at 5 p.m. ET, a U.S. official told CNN’s Barbara Starr.

On Thursday, the Defense Department became aware that there was enough new intelligence about the location of the hostages to stage a rescue mission, the official said. A senior Defense Department official traveling with Hagel in Afghanistan said that the operation was accelerated because there was intelligence that Somers would be killed on Saturday morning (Eastern Time).

Obama and Hagel were briefed the next day.

Two Osprey aircraft transported a team of about three dozen U.S. Navy SEALs, mainly from SEAL Team Six, and a combat medical team near the captives’ location. There were no Yemeni forces with the U.S. commandos.

The official traveling with Hagel said that once the Ospreys landed, the team had to trek about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) to the compound.

They were discovered at about 100 meters from the location where Korkie and Somers were being held, according to that official. The main part of the assault lasted 5-10 minutes.

“They lost the element of surprise at the last minute as they approached the compound,” the official told Starr.

It was not clear where the kidnappers were when the firefight started, but the official speaking with Starr said that U.S. is certain that someone ran back inside the compound and shot Korkie and Somers after the battle broke out. The official would not specify how they could be so certain of that detail.  (read more)


…Thoughts and prayers for the families of the victims.  In addition, prayers for guiding comfort upon the hearts of the hero’s who bravely carried out the rescue operation…

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37 Responses to Details Surface of Rescue Raid To Free Luke Somers….

  1. czarowniczy says:

    Intel is that AQ, and others, have changed the way they secure captive to prevent rescue ops. We can expect more of these kinds of failures bu,t then again, we can’t negotiate or just let them have their way with the captives. Actually, just leaving them in the captives’ hands to neutralize their values as propaganda and bargaining chips was the go-to option but the US public wouldn’t stand for that. As long as people continue to march headlong into these areas where the possibilities of their being taken hostage are more a matter of ‘when’ than ‘if’ we are going to have this happen. I look at it from the rescuers’ perspectives in that they have to unnecessarily put their lives at risk to pull someone’s cookies out of a fire they voluntarily walked into – shared consequences where the rescuer’s put into danger through the bad decision processes of another.

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    • mazziflol says:

      Since our government negotiated with the terrorists and paid the ransom for traitorous Bergdahl, they have set the standard for which all other hostage situations will be judged. Why pay for a muslim hostage and and then not pay for one who isn’t (who then subsequently dies), should raise some rhetorical questions.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Everyone does it – even the Israelis folded on their ‘no negotiation’ stand when public pressure (thank you MSM) forced them to. Part of the public’s visceral reaction is the pure horror at refusing to deal for the hostage’s release regardless of the long term fallout, another is their fear they’ll be taken hostage someday and left to the taker’s ends.Press knows how to personalize this angle and play it up.

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      • stella says:

        Not that I support what was done with Bergdahl, but he was a member of the military, in a war zone. He wasn’t a civilian who was captured while in the country voluntarily.


        • mazziflol says:

          Ill disagree with you Stella because I feel the he lost all those benefits of being associated with the armed forces when he denounced his country and walked off his post in a treasonous act of desertion. In my eyes he was no longer a member, and personally I’d highly question his status as even a ‘citizen’.

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    • John Galt says:

      I like the glass parking lot option.

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  2. Yea , bad idea to have a $120 million assault aircraft, that you don’t dare land in a fire zone.
    What is with the constant harping he was a dual British-American, can I assume he had an Israeli citizenship too?

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  3. Nice of you Sundance to be un-political and objective in this awful situation.

    Yet I can’t help but wonder, given all the chest-beating about the Bin Laden operation (“I…. I…. me…. I….me….I…..I”), will Obama take full responsibility for this?

    Needless to add, I agree with all the thoughts and sentiments you expressed.

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  4. Sam says:

    Sometimes raids go wrong. Even U.S. Special Operations isn’t perfect although they aim for perfection. To pay a ransom only encourages the bad guys to kidnap more hostages. Unfortunately, journalists and charity workers should know the risks they willingly take to get the photo or story or provide the aid. It’s tragic that the hostages died during the rescue.

    Al Qaeda continues their purpose of terrorizing in order to gain Middle East domination and eventually world domination. They know the U.S. will try to rescue hostages while their aim is to kill hostages to create fear. They’d also like to take some special operators down as well. Al Qaeda are the guilty parties here.

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    • 1hear2learn says:

      I’d much rather be shot and killed during a rescue mission, than beheaded – especially on camera. They dies knowing they were not forgotten by our great country. Perhaps the South African hostage would have been released Sunday, perhaps not. I suspect had he been given choice of American hostage being beheaded Saturday and his possible release Sunday, or take a chance of Navy Seals rescue mission for both of them, he would have chosen the latter option.

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  5. Rachelle says:

    Obama screws up everything. The bin Laden raid was successful but people had to fight WH resistance to finally get approval for it. When it succeeded Obama acted like it was his project all along.

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  6. zephyrbreeze says:

    It’s important to do the right thing, ie. attempt to rescue the hostage, but it’s also important to do the right thing at the right time. We know with the others, that people complained that Obama waited, and hesitated even when the operators were ready to go. Maybe this would have been the outcome anyway. Maybe all these failures will inhibit people from going there.

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    • polk8dot says:

      I suspect the initial, failed rescue attempt on Nov 25 was only scheduled for that time to have Hagel still handy as a scrape goat in case things went pear shaped, which they did. That event and its outcome precipitated the necessity of the second raid. With this second attempt ending up in an even greater calamity, it seems just too serendipitous for Obama to be able to separate himself from the failure and have it instead stain Hagel’s record, as the last scarlet letter brand on his SecDef record.


  7. Sharon says:

    I wonder if he did the right thing because doing nothing has turned out to be bad PR with actual Americans.

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  8. Irish Eyes says:

    So they outed Seal Team 6 again. Couldn’t the identity of the rescue team have been kept secret? Will their names and addresses, and pics of their families, be published next?

    Liked by 2 people

    • yankeeintx says:

      Technically there really isn’t a “Seal Team 6” 😉


    • polk8dot says:

      Unfortunately, we’ve been shown before that the Obama administration will go to any lengths necessary to make itself look better, to steal the spotlight, to shift the blame, and to generally create the appearance of doing something when in fact there is nothing substantial ever undertaken. And if something praise worthy happens as a result or rather despite their almost paralyzing political fallout fear, it was most likely dictated by ‘CYA operational guidelines’ and political expediency.

      After the James Foley and Steven Sotloff beheadings, the White House publicly made disclosures of previous unsuccessful rescue attempts. While trying to cover their own butts against the deserved criticism for doing nothing, they – supposedly unwittingly – outed and disclosed our intel gathering capabilities in the region, potential local cooperation, theater of engagement field guidelines and procedures, and our military technical capabilities all of which were now possible to glean and follow up on after the WH’s idiotic glory-hound attempts. Anything to look a little better, to take the focus away from the failure of their policies – and if some future Spec Ops missions suffer as a result, oh well, maybe by then there will be someone else to publicly put the blame on.

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  9. justfactsplz says:

    The CNN article fails to mention how many Al Qaeda members were killed or wounded in the raid. I hope special ops got them all.

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  10. yankeeintx says:

    Did he do the right thing to okay the mission, yes. Was the mission the right thing to do is the bigger question. His approval ratings are in the dumps, and he would love a bump. It is stated that the operation was accelerated. Were they ready? Did they have the proper intel? Was the mission properly planned and practiced? They mention a mission in November that rescued 8 hostages, but yet we heard nothing about it because they had separated out the targets, which mean they obviously didn’t have the proper intel. Everything our POTUS touches turns to dung, and I have a feeling he had his hand on this mission. Our hostage is dead, a foreign hostage that was due to be released tomorrow (ransom paid) is dead, thank God we didn’t lose a few good men in the process.

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  11. Mist'ears Mom says:

    Sad for the hostages and our country. Bringing us down one notch at a time. Whether Obozo wanted them rescued or not depends on his political agenda and remains to be seen if ever. Reading about this instantly brought to mind the rescue operation in the movie Lone Survivor only our guy there lived and the team were all hero’s -this time … not so much.

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  12. Blacque Jacques Shellacque says:

    “…the official speaking with Starr said that U.S. is certain that someone ran back inside the compound and shot Korkie and Somers after the battle broke out. The official would not specify how they could be so certain of that detail.”

    One question: How many of the people involved with the holding of the hostage at that location were killed?

    Because if the hostages that are to be rescued lose their lives in the process, then least that could be done to have made the mission’s execution worth while is avenge their deaths by killing every single person in that location that had anything to do with holding the hostages. Leave none of the captors there alive.

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    • pspinach says:

      Barry probably gave them orders not to shoot any of the terrorists (his typical command to the military) thereby allowing one to flee and shoot the hostages.

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  13. pspinach says:

    Too little, too late.

    It’s like Piaget who actively contributed to looting and mayhem, deciding to pour milk to douse a fire. At least, Piaget succeeded, where Barry didn’t.

    The commander made the right decision theoretically (or was given no choice) but commanded it poorly since one of the hostages needlessly died had he been true to the task and done a more diligent job. I’m not certain had Barry tried, could he have had the slightest inkling. Too busy stirring the Ferguson pot and meeting with agitators to burn the country down. He is still a domestic terrorist.

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  14. Poĺk8dot says:

    I have several big problems with the way this op went down, from start to finish. I suspect that following the previous pattern, Hagel again allowed the White House geniuses to mess with the plan of the operation, and what resulted follows directly from that one problematic aspect.
    Several things bother me greatly.
    1* I bristle at the thought the US had ‘no idea’ there was a second hostage at that location, and that his release was being negotiated, let alone secured after the ransom has been paid by his family. They were actually told that morning that ‘the wait is almost over and he is coming home’. ( WSJ)

    2* I find it ridiculous that the SOs were dropped off 10 km (6.2 mi) away and had to trek those 10 km in the night, in unfamiliar terrain, each moment on the ground increasing the chance of their being discovered, which is exactly what happened.
    ‘As the Special Forces moved in on the compound, however, there was a problem, American officials told the Wall Street Journal. The compound’s defenders heard a sound, “maybe a dog bark.” The Americans were just 100 yards away.’

    3* But my biggest problem is with when the op went down. According to the release, it commenced at 5 PM ET, which is 1 AM in Sanaa, Yemen. The fitness standards require a walk of 10 km with 20 kg pack to clock in under 1.75 hrs or 1 hr 45 min. Over unfamiliar mountainous terrain, with caves etc. all around, at night, trying to maintain safety while avoiding discovery, I’ guess it would be at least over 2.25 hrs. Each minute on the ground is another minute when they can be found out. Each additional minute increases the chances of the mission going to crap in a hurry, as seems to have happened. Why not have them perform high elevation air drop, land soundlessly somewhere close by, and go from there? I have no clue about military strategy, but looking from the outside in, I can’t get over the feeling of someone and/or something contributing to this mission turning into such a disappointment. And I can’t see the military commanders making decisions this inauspicious, basically hobbling the SOs from the start.

    4* I have to question the timing of the op and the intelligence coming in. Reportedly, the hostage was scheduled to be executed ‘in the early morning hours ET on Saturday’. The video declaring his upcoming execution was released on Wednesday night, giving Obama 3 days to follow the demands never made public (which in itself sounds weird). Right there we are missing half a day. Why? The Somers family released their ‘begging for mercy’ video on Thursday morning. Then Friday evening ET the rescue op starts. If he was supposed to be killed in ‘the early Sat morning hours’, why would anyone even suspect he’d still be in the same location. He might have been moved to the upcoming execution site (he’s already been moved once, two days before the prior failed rescue op). Any one of a hundred things might have happened in that time span. To my taste that is cutting it awfully close. Also, that first rescue attempt too place on Nov 25, when the US troops freed 8 Yemeni and Saudi hostages, but learned that Somers had been moved 2 days earlier. Had that first attempt not happened the way it did, Somers might not have been targeted for execution at all. It seems that failed mission spurred the Muslim thugs to schedule his execution for withing a few days. How much blame should we place on Obama for that? To me it seems clear that there is much more background we are not being made aware of, and that’s what’s probably contributing to my feeling of something nefarious and underhanded having happened.

    I agree that the rescue mission was in order. But almost everything about it, from the preamble, to the intel, to the timing issues, to the actual planning and execution gives off a weird, non-copasetic vibe. I am in support of the opinion proposed above that Obama was trying to avoid having another beheading video on his hands, and that was the main impetus behind the mission. Which, once again and unfailingly, points to the politics of an issue overriding any other aspects and outweighing any other concerns.

    There is a short article with a long photo list of Americans taken hostage around the globe by hostile regimes over the last a few years, and it paints a stark picture of just how far down the projection of the US military might has fallen and how little deterrence there is anymore from kidnapping Americans under this POtuS. I place the blame for this state of affair squarely at his feet.


    • pspinach says:

      100% times 5. You are absolutely on the money. To be rescued under Barry’s ‘command’ is something to fear more than welcomed in the middle east. The 6 mile trek has already eroded the rescuers stamina and the body cannot sustain fear over 2 hours to be in optimal condition once they reach their destination. ANOTHER EPIC FAIL.


    • moogey says:

      Initial reports from Al Jazeera represented the report from a “local” militia, who reported that there was an Air barrage, prior to the raid. When gunfire involved, how can one be sure that “friendly” fire is not involved? The response that these men were shot by the Captors came very quickly,


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