Obama: US Lent Supporting Role In Attempted Somalia Hostage Rescue
The French team was trying to free Denis Allex, who has been held since 2009 by al-Qaida-linked al Shabaab, but insurgents apparently killed their hostage during the raid, along with a commando. The French defence ministry said 17 Somali fighters died in the fight.
In a letter to Congress, Obama said: “United States combat aircraft briefly entered Somali airspace to support the rescue operation, if needed. These aircraft did not employ weapons during the operation.”