Failed Hostage Rescue in Yemen: What Went Wrong?

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In the middle of the night on Saturday, dozens of U.S special forces operatives crept six miles through a Yemeni desert. Their target was an Al Qaeda compound in Southern Yemen. Two hostages were inside the compound: American photojournalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie. The team made it within 100 yards of the compound, but a short time later, both hostages were dead. What went wrong?


Terry Atlas - senior writer for Bloomberg News who covers foreign policy and national security. - @terryatlas1

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