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U.S. hostage Luke Somers killed in Yemen during rescue attempt
U.S. hostage Luke Somers killed in Yemen during rescue attempt

In the predawn hours Saturday, a team of elite U.S. commandos stepped off a tilt-rotor aircraft into the desolation of central Yemen, intent on rescuing American photojournalist Luke Somers from his militant captors. The team of 40 Special Operations forces trudged more than six miles amid hills and scrub brush to a heavily fortified compound in Shabwa province that U.S. intelligence specialists had pinpointed as the location where Somers was being held. The mission was an urgent one: The Al Qaeda affiliate that was holding Somers, 33, threatened last week to kill him if unspecified demands were not met by the Obama administration. “We had good intelligence he would be killed the...

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