Skip to comments.American hostage in Somalia rescued by US Navy SEALs in overnight raid
Posted on 01/24/2012 11:06:21 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
WASHINGTON -- In a daring nighttime raid Tuesday, U.S. Navy SEALs rescued two hostages, including one American, who were being held by kidnappers in Somalia, U.S. officials tell NBC News.
American Jessica Buchanan, 32, and a 60-year-old Dane, Poul Thisted, were working for a Danish relief organization in northern Somalia when they were kidnapped last October.
U.S. officials described their kidnappers as heavily armed common criminals with no known ties to any organized militant group.
According to the U.S. officials, two teams of Navy SEALs landed by helicopter near the compound where the two hostages were being held.
As the SEALS approached the compound on foot gunfire broke out, the U.S. officials said, and several of the militants were reportedly killed.
There is no word that any of the Americans were wounded.
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One for the good guys!
The RNC has been holding real conservatives hostage for quite some time as well, this may be an option.
One of these hostages must have an influential relative/friend to merit this action. Somalia has kidnappings on an hourly basis... there are plenty of hostages we could rescue.
Sounds like several thugs were taken with them. They were the lucky ones I suppose.
i like it! Thanks for posting.
MAY GOD BLESS AND PROTECT OUR NAVY SEALS AND MILITARY,
AND GIVE THEM A NEW COMMANDER IN CHIEF
WHO WILL NOT TAKE PERSONAL CREDIT FOR THEIR BRAVE AND SELFLESS ACTION
AND GIVE THEM THE HONOR, RESPECT, AND DIGNITY THE DESERVE.
I’m gonna reserve my remarks until more proof is offered.
That's what SEAL teams do. SEALs, Marines (SEAL trained), Rangers, Delta Force, and Special Forces are trained to rescue ANY American at any opportune time. They dedicate their lives to that purpose, no matter how many may die. We lost much of SEAL Team 6 to go in and rescue trapped military and a couple civilians. Still not sure that was the best move to put them all on one helo, but then I wasn't the commander.
They are ready to die first and fight to the last no matter what the mission. If it takes two teams to rescue one American, I back the mission.
They are the military equivalent of SWAT. Give your life to save lives. I can't possibly have a higher regard for their basic mission.
Good! Who wants a fair fight? That's for children on a playground or in a boxing ring. I want our armed forces to be over-whelming and kill and break everything they are directed to without as much as a black eye or a scraped knee or even a paint scratch on our hardware. I'm sure you agree.
Can you give me URL's that specify American hostages, currently? If so, I might agree with you.
My daughter has a boyfriend in Afganistan. They were forced to wake up early in the night to watch the SOTU speech. I believe they adopted your new salute.
IMHO, this mission was “in the can” for at least days if not weeks. Obama’s State of the Union team probably asked around via military liasons if there were any cool ops coming up soon. “Well, we do have a few we’re working on...”
After that, when told of some hostage in Somalia and a SEAL Team ready to snatch them, the timing was probably up to the White House. No way do I believe that the rescue just “happened” to occur in perfect timing to be announced by Obama at the SOTU address.
After that, when told of some hostage in Somalia and a SEAL Team ready to snatch them, the timing was probably up to the White House. No way do I believe that the rescue just happened to occur in perfect timing to be announced by Obama at the SOTU address.
Yep. Tail wagging dog exercise. Obama has learned that JSOC gives him carte blanche service with a high probability of success. It's one of the very few things he can grasp to in a hurry for a glory plug. You know that op was set to go for weeks waiting for a myriad of factors to line up. Barry pulled it off the shelf, probably within a week of his SOTU speech.
October, November, December, JANUARY?!
on the EVE of the State of the Union Speech?
could he be more obvious?!
Yep, agreed. Obama and team know they can order the brass to jump on command. And it will work—in the short term. But the leaks and memoirs will be scathing. I hope some of the leaks are in time to help derail his reelection.
Two SEALs vs. 16 regular police SWAT (I mean non-military) isn't a fair fight.
Fwiw, a few days ago, British Shabaab operative killed in airstrike in Somalia
this guy was whacked by a drone, ( supposedly he was located after he called his wife in the UK).
I wonder if these two events were related?
Was the operation a snatch of some muckety muck and the "rescue" was a cover story?
Pure speculation on my part.
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