“U.S. officials were unaware that a deal had been struck to free a South African hostage before U.S. special forces led a raid on al-Qaeda militants aimed a freeing a U.S. hostage, the American Embassy in Pretoria said Monday.
Both hostages died in Saturday’s rescue attempt in Yemen.
The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria issued a statement that “reiterates our profound condolences to the family of Pierre Korkie, and to all South Africans who have lost this exemplary fellow citizen.”
With all their intelligence and surveillance, this is a blunder that really needs more reflection and examination.