SEAL Team 6 Rescues Hostages In Somalia
The Navy SEAL team responsible for the killing of Osama bin Laden rescued two hostages from Somali pirates Tuesday night, the same night of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address to Congress.
The hostages, 32-year-old American Jessica Buchanan and 60-year-old Poul Hagen Thisted, were working with the Danish Demining Group, a humanitarian aid organization, when they were kidnapped in Somalia in October 2011.
Obama released a statement following the raid, which killed nine Somali pirates:
On Monday, I authorized an operation to rescue Jessica Buchanan, an American citizen who was kidnapped and held against her will for three months in Somalia. Thanks to the extraordinary courage and capabilities of our Special Operations Forces, yesterday Jessica Buchanan was rescued and she is on her way home. As Commander-in-Chief, I could not be prouder of the troops who carried out this mission, and the dedicated professionals who supported their efforts.
Jessica Buchanan was selflessly serving her fellow human beings when she was taken hostage by criminals and pirates who showed no regard for her health and well-being. Last night I spoke with Jessica Buchanan’s father and told him that all Americans have Jessica in our thoughts and prayers, and give thanks that she will soon be reunited with her family. The United States will not tolerate the abduction of our people, and will spare no effort to secure the safety of our citizens and to bring their captors to justice. This is yet another message to the world that the United States of America will stand strongly against any threats to our people.
Somalia, in addition to being a failed state overrun with pirates, is embroiled in an internal conflict with a group of al-Quaeda-linked militants. Other countries in the region are trying to erradicate the ragtag militia.
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