REPORT: Hostage Luke Somers Killed In Failed Rescue Attempt…

Thoughts and prayers for his family.

The media reported recently on an al-Qaeda video threatening to kill U.S. hostage Luke Somers in Yemen.  Early this morning his family announced he was killed in a failed rescue attempt:

luke sommersCAIRO (AP)– The sister of American photojournalist Luke Somers says he has been killed in a failed rescue attempt in Yemen.

Lucy Somers told The Associated Press on Saturday that she learned of her 33-year-old brother’s death from FBI agents. There was no immediate comment from Washington.

Lucy Somers said:  “We ask that all of Luke’s family members be allowed to mourn in peace.”

Luke Somers was abducted in September 2013 in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa. This week, the Pentagon confirmed it launched an earlier failed raid to rescue him. (link)

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19 Responses to REPORT: Hostage Luke Somers Killed In Failed Rescue Attempt…

  1. sundance says:


  2. Paul H. Lemmen says:

    Reblogged this on A Conservative Christian Man.


  3. ctdar says:

    Why does it take the threat of beheading to stir rescue action on a US cituzen that was abducted almost 1 1-2 years ago?
    My prayers to Luke & the Somers family.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Chip Bennett says:

    Should have sent the Israelis.

    RIP and prayers for his family. Time for this crap to stop.

    Liked by 1 person

    • 7delta says:

      Yep, Chip. The U.S. Military should never have the word ‘rescue’ preceded by ‘failed’ or followed by ‘attempt’ applied to them. The word ‘leadership’ fits well between the two. Even more disturbing is the thought that leadership either didn’t fail or they didn’t care one way or another. It was all about optics. “Well, I tried. Too bad they failed, but I still deserve your undying gratitude for being exceptionally bold and beautiful.”

      My condolences and prayers for the Somers family, as well.


  5. lovelyd24 says:

    It seems there was some confusion because Somers did not die immediately from his wounds but while in transit. God rest his soul.

    *A US official told the New York Times that Mr Somers, 33, was apparently shot by his captors as the raid unfolded and was badly wounded when the US forces reached him.

    By the time he was flown to a US naval ship in the region, he had died from his injuries, the official was quoted as saying.*


  6. RJ says:

    Bo Bergdahl is where, doing what? Where are the five senior terrorist commanders that field marshal Obama set free? What are they doing? Why are the Iranians going into Iraq attacking ISIS? Why are the Chinese building up reefs in the China sea? Is Putin going to call Obama’s buff? Can Israel deal with Obama creating sanctions in response to building permits?

    It seems we (in America) go from one event to another rather quickly, forgetting what we just passed. So…will we forget this sad death of an American hostage in Yemen by the weekend?

    Do you really think Obama cares about this guy? Ever did care about him? Or is he more interested in creating racial confrontations across America while cementing the illegal aliens into legal status for voting, etc.?

    Right before our very eyes he comes to “fundamentally change” America into his vision!

    Do you really like his vision? Look behind the sweet words, see the fuming hatred?

    Che had nothing on this guy, nothing at all…

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  7. Lee Jan says:

    This while Hagel is in Afghanistan telling themG-d how well things are going in that country.
    G-d help us if this is what represents things going well.


  8. IntoTheFray says:

    My condolences to Mr Somers family. May he rest in peace.
    It is truly sad, but better than being the star in another beheading video.


  9. JAS says:

    Worse than Carter’s this one is.


    • Tkim says:

      Back then the failed hostage rescue hit the American conscience like a Texas sized bundle of TNT. Wonder what was different then–I’m sorry, I wonder what WASN’T different then…


  10. labrat says:

    Why are my spidey sensors tingling? Something about this story isn’t sitting right with me, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.


  11. moogey says:

    “Apparently shot by his captives while the raid unfolded.” These rescue attempts are stealth operations. What happened that caused the Captives to become aware of the rescuers? Or was this gentleman more involved in the government operations in Yemen than we are aware of?
    Let’s back up to rescue attempt of James Foley. WH declares that “someone” had gotten ahold of the report and was going to release the info to the Media. Therefore, the WH decided to “get ahead of the story” and inform America about the rescue attempt. There has never been another report of an investigation into whether our system had a spy, whether there was an employee who got hands on info through espionage or even how the data was breached, by “someone” who would relate it to the press. What was the time span between the Foley rescue & the announcement by the Government? Now lets move forward to today. A botched rescue attempt, in Yemen, against Al Qaeda and it is accepted that the WH released this information immediately. The man had been in captivity for over a year, while the Muslim uprising took place in Yemen, while they swam in our Embassy pool. But the rescue attempt happens now, fails & is immediately reported. Why the difference? And are we wondering how we happen to have intelligence in Yemen? Are we wondering why the FBI is the agency that notified the sister? Why would the FBI contact her? Wouldn’t that be the job for the State Dept Yemen Ambassador? If this was a military rescue, why wouldn’t the military be contacting the sister? Was this a military rescue? Too many unknowns, but something definitely seems off.


    • sundance says:

      It’s Yemen.

      Yemen is, was and probably will always be, ground zero for al-Qaeda. From 2004 though today Yemen has been in a continual internal war between extremist/terrorists, and people who want to be left alone. The former supporting al-Qaeda, the latter supporting a very tenuous governmental structure.

      Yemen (govt) gives the U.S. wide latitude and ‘turning the head’ assistance, but inside Yemen, inside that border basket, are the heads of the most poisonous snakes you could encounter. A basket of vipers.


  12. MaryfromMarin says:

    South African hostage also killed:

    American and South African Hostage Killed in Yemen during Rescue Attempt


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