U.S. Navy SEAL Team 6 Rescues Hostages from Somali Kidnappers
As President Obama entered the chamber before his speech last night, he shook hands with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, telling him “Good job tonight.” Fox News confirmed Wednesday morning that the president's remark followed news that the U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six - the same team that killed Usama bin Laden last year - parachuted into Somali kidnappers' territory to free two hostages. The hostages included a Danish man, Dane Poul Hagen Thisted, and an American woman named Jessica Buchanan who had been held captive since October.
According to Fox News' Pentagon correspondent Jennifer Griffin, the 50-person team responsible for rescuing Buchanan and Thisted did not consist of the same individuals involved in the Bin Laden raid; all nine kidnappers were killed in the mission. Both the rescuers and hostages flew by helicopter to U.S. military base Camp Lemonnier, located in the nation of Djibouti.
New reports affirm that Buchanan's diminishing health was a contributing factor in deciding to go through with the Somali raid. President Obama spoke to Buchanan’s father soon after delivering his speech. In a statement released by the White House the president said, "As Commander-in-Chief, I could not be prouder of the troops who carried out this mission, and the dedicated professionals who supported their efforts ... The United States will not tolerate the abduction of our people, and will spare no effort to secure the safety of our citizens and to bring their captors to justice."