White House Says No Regrets Over Failed Hostage Rescue

American Luke Somers was killed by al Qaeda militants in midst of American commando raid in Yemen.
1:46 | 12/09/14

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We are learning more this evening about that high stakes raid. The elite members of S.E.A.L. Team six striking in the dead of night to save an American hostage. He would not survive, nor would another hostage who was just hours from freedom. ABC's chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross now. Reporter: The white house said today the president had no regrets about ordering the high-risk rescue mission, even as the bodies of the two dead hostages, American Luke somers, and south african Pierre korkie, were being flown home. It was apparent that these militants were preparing to kill Mr. Somers on Saturday. That's why the raid was executed on very short notice on Friday night. Reporter: After landing six miles away under a full moon, more than three dozen members of the elite Navy S.E.A.L. Team six made it to within a hundred yards of the Al Qaeda hideout, when one of the guards spotted them as he relieved himself outside. U.s. Officials say somers and korkie were both murdered bid their captors as the Americans closed in. Tragically, korkie was to be freed by Al Qaeda the very next day. The aid group he worked for said today they had agreed to pay a $200,000 ransom for his release, but did not blame the U.S. For what happened. I can't be upset with the United States because this -- the United States was acting in their own interest. They were acting in the interest of their own citizen. Any government would do that. Reporter: U.s. Officials said today, they did not know about the negotiations for the south african's release. And it's not clear what impact it would have had had they known. But David, it certainly would have been a much tougher call for the president. All right, Brian Ross, thank you.

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