Timeline: How US Missed the Chance to Rescue Luke Somers, American Al Qaeda Hostage

December 5, 2014 12:51 AM

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Timeline: How US Missed the Chance to Rescue Luke Somers, American Al Qaeda Hostage

The White House was insistent Thursday that President Obama acted “promptly” to try to rescue American hostage Luke Somers from al Qaeda in Yemen, approving the risky special operations mission two days after receiving a military plan – but possibly well after Somers had already been moved.

“It's difficult for me to get into details because the details of this mission are classified. But I can tell you that once there was concrete information and a plan in place, the President promptly authorized this mission because of concern of U.S. men in uniform and the safety of Mr. Somers,” Whit...

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