Sen. Reed weighs in on failed rescue mission

Luke Somers, US citizen killed by Al Qaida militants in Yemen.

PROVIDENCE (WPRI) – Senator Jack Reed weighed in on a failed rescue mission of two men held hostage by Al-Qaida militants in Yemen.

The two captives were Luke Somers, an American journalist and Pierre Korkie, a South African teacher. They were killed on Friday after the rescue team, led by the U.S. military, lost the element of surprise during the raid.

Sen. Reed says this case is just another example of brutality the U.S. is facing with these terrorists across the globe. Reed is a senior member of the senate’s armed services committee. He says the government collected intelligence information that said Somers’ life was in danger. “There was an accelerated process to find Luke Somers.” Says Reed.

To save the hostages from the Al Qaida terrorists, a batch of 40 Seal Team members were dispatched to Yemen. The entire mission lasted about a half hour, but a U.S. official says during a fire fight with militants, they believe Somers and Korkie were shot by terrorists.

Both men were alive when the Seals got to them, but later died.

Reed says the government is constantly evaluating their intelligence, examining where these captives are. He says when they develop a mission to free hostages, they ask questions, such as, is this mission possible? Can it be done safely?

The Senator says, “You have to get in surreptitiously, you have to try and have maximum surprise and you have to do it usually with a ticking clock, because they [the terrorists] are continually moving the prisoners around.”

Reed says when dealing with militants who are capable of killing innocent people, they’re in a race to liberate those hostages before they are harmed.

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