U.S attempted to free Al-Qaeda hostage

White House acknowledges that the U.S failed in an attempt to free Luke Somers from captivity in Yemen last month. 

  • Pres. Obama authorised operation to rescue the American, along with other hostages.
  • However Summers was not present when U.S forces carried out the rescue mission. 
  • National Security Council notes that other nationalities were present and were rescued.
  • Al Qaeda released a video of Somers earlier today, threatening to kill him.