Some former special operations troops criticized the tactics of the team, suggesting they were at fault for the mission's failure.
"The use of a lethal hand grenade in a hostage rescue situation is ridiculous. It's not appropriate," argued Robin Horsfall, a former British special operations soldier, on Al Jazeera English today.
And depending on the speed with which the team had to dispatch to the site, it's possible that they were not the most elite or cohesive group.
"There's a possibility that they had the wrong man in the wrong place," Horsfall said.