US Rescue Mission: U.S. Shootout Frees 8 Hostages

Special operations mission carried out in Yemen freed hostages held by al Qaeda.
1:37 | 11/27/14

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Tom llamas, ABC news, New York. Around the world tonight, and the daring raid by American special forces. U.s. Commandos fighting Al Qaeda militants, helping rescue hostages held in eastern Yemen. ABC's chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz with new details about the mission. Reporter: It was in the pre-dawn darkness, when U.S. Helicopters carrying some two dozen U.S. Commandos, including members of the Navy's elite S.E.A.L. Team six and Yemeni forces, swept in to free the hostages. The location, one of the most remote and dangerous provinces in Yemen, where Al Qaeda affiliates have flourished. After landing, the commandos crept silently on foot through the dark to a cave deep in a mountainside, where the Al Qaeda militants were hiding the hostages. A shootout killed at least seven militants, but the U.S. Commandos grabbed all eight of the hostages and flew them to safety. And Martha joins us now. Martha, isn't this highly unusual for the U.S. To use its own elite commandos to carry out a rescue of foreign hostages? Reporter: It is, Amy. And the Pentagon just won't say why this was carried out beyond the fact that we are partners with Yemen in counter terrorism operations. And don't forget, this was where the so-called underwear bomber got his training and where the u.s.-born cleric an war alack key was killed in a U.S. Drone strike. So, that relationship with Yemen is important. But a lot of questions tonight, Amy. All right, Martha Raddatz, thank you. And now, to new health

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