Joint US-Yemeni rescue op fails to save Luke Somers
Yemen authorities confirmed Saturday that ISIS had executed another American hostage, the British-born photojournalist Luke Somers, held for nearly a year. This week, Al Qaeda in the Arabia Peninsula (AQAP) threatened to kill Somers if its demands were not met. At the start of the US Special Operations rescue action with Yemeni troops, the Islamists executed Somers together with a South African hostage – identified later as aid worker Pierre Korkie. President Obama condemned the crime as a “barbaric murder.” Yemen says at least 10 Al Qaeda fighters were killed in the failed rescue attempt.