U.S. supported France's failed hostage rescue in Somalia
An undated TV grab shows Denis Allex, a French hostage allegedly held -- and possibly killed -- by Somali militants.
January 13th, 2013
09:08 PM ET

U.S. supported France's failed hostage rescue in Somalia

By CNN Staff

U.S. troops lent "limited technical support" in France's bloody and unsuccessful bid in Somalia to rescue an intelligence agent who'd been held hostage for years, President Barack Obama said Sunday.

Obama detailed the U.S. military involvement in the Friday night mission in a letter sent to the leaders of the nation's two legislative chambers. The letter was released publicly as well.

While U.S. forces "provided limited technical support," they "took no direct part in the assault on the compound where it was believed the French citizen was being held hostage," the president explained.

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    Well that makes no sense at all. why in the world wouldn't they let the pros do the job in the first place? A seal team would have brought them hone alive. Guess this is what you get when the shrubs play.

    January 14, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Reply
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    January 14, 2013 at 4:20 am | Reply
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      January 14, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Reply
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