THE SOUTH AFRICAN AND AMERICAN HOSTAGES IN YEMEN HAVE BEEN MURDERED


The British-born American photojournalist and a South African teacher held by Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen were executed today during a failed U.S.-led rescue attempt. The raid was ordered by President Barack Obama because he feared imminent danger to the reporter.

Al-Qaeda had posted a video online sometime ago threatening to kill the photographer Luke Somers .  American forces in conjunction with Yemeni ground troops then launched a second rescue attempt.
 
The South African, Pieree Korkie was supposed to be released tomorrow (7th Dec 2104). The aid group helping to negotiate his release even told his wife; "The wait is almost over."
 
Both Somers and Korkie "were murdered by the AQAP terrorists during the course of the operation," 
 
In a statement, President Obama did not address Korkie by name, only saying he "authorized the rescue of any other hostages held in the same location as Luke." The South African government did not immediately comment on Korkie's 

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