Details are classified, but sketchy reports say the US/Yemeni joint rescue attempt took place in a remote desert area near the Saudi border. Al-Qaida had threatened to execute Somers within three days if their demands were not met. My deepest respect to the commandos who put their lives on the line to liberate him. My sincere condolences to his family, friends, and colleague's.U.S. journalist killed during failed rescue raid
Dec. 6, 2014
A U.S. photojournalist who was held hostage has been killed in Yemen during a failed rescue raid. Luke Somers' sister, Lucy, said the family was informed by an FBI agent. The news came following a second operation by U.S. and Yemeni forces to free Somers, 33, a year after he was kidnapped by militants in Sana'a. He was apparently shot by his captors during the raid and died of his injuries as he was being flown to an American Navy ship in the region.