Al-Qaeda Murders US Hostage Luke Somers – Islamists Mock Failed Rescue Attempt
Al-Qaeda murdered US hostage Luke Somers on Friday.
They threatened to kill Somers in a video earlier in the week.
ABC News reported:
American journalist Luke Somers was killed Friday during a desperate attempt by U.S. commandos to free him from al Qaeda in Yemen as a three-day deadline by the terrorists to execute him neared, President Obama said early Saturday in a written statement.
“The United States strongly condemns the barbaric murder of Luke Somers at the hands of al Qaeda terrorists during a rescue operation conducted by U.S. forces in Yemen in partnership with the Yemeni government,” Obama said. “Earlier this week, a video released by his terrorist captors announced that Luke would be killed within 72 hours. Other information also indicated Luke’s life was in imminent danger. Based on this assessment, and as soon as there was reliable intelligence and an operational plan, I authorized a rescue attempt yesterday.
“On behalf of the American people, I offer my deepest condolences to Luke’s family and to his loved ones,” the President said.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that Somers and the other hostage, later identified as South African Pierre Korkie, were “murdered by AQAP [al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] terrorists during the course of the operation.”
Somers, 33, was believed to have been shot by his al Qaeda captors as the second attempt to rescue him since Nov. 25 unfolded after a year in captivity and a dramatic video was released this week in which he pleaded for help.
Last month the Obama White House delayed approval for a Pentagon approved mission to rescue American hostage Luke Somers in Yemen.
The mission failed – the terrorists had moved Somers by the time the mission was approved.
Terror sites are mocking the failed rescue attempt today.
Q:What's worse than being kidnapped by Muslim "terrorists"? A:Being rescued by the United States special forces;you end up dead.
— Shami Witness (@ShamiWitness) December 6, 2014