Despite failed raid, US likely to stand by its no-ransom policy for hostages

December 8, 2014 8:00 PM

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Criticism of the US after a failed raid to rescue photojournalist Luke Somers sharpened after it was revealed Monday that South African hostage Pierre Korkie, also murdered by Al Qaeda as the raid took place, was perhaps hours from being freed in a ransom deal.

Washington — Shortly after US Navy SEALS rescued two hostage aid workers – an American and a Dane – in a risky raid in Somalia in January 2012, President Obama issued an unambiguous warning to the growing number of militant groups using kidnapping for income or other deal-making.

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