WASHINGTON/SANAA (Reuters) – It could have been something as simple as a barking dog that alerted the al Qaeda guards as U.S. Special Forces approached the compound just after midnight. Within seconds, as they neared the building, intense gunfire erupted.
Those details and others provided by U.S. and Yemeni officials on what they describe as Saturday’s execution of American photojournalist Luke Somers and South African Pierre Korkie in Yemen illustrate the formidable odds the United States faces in retrieving hostages from the hands of militants across the region.
Obama says he authorized the raid to rescue Somers on Friday, extended condolences to his family and that of a non-US citizen also killed
Obama condemns “barbaric murder” of hostage Luke Somers by Al Qaeda in Yemen during raid by US forces
Obama to meet with Prince William on Monday at the White House
Obama is having dinner with friends at Georgetown restaurant Fiola Mare, White House says.
Obama is out for dinner in Georgetown.
Obama on education (and getting kids to study): “Nagging works.” “Michelle and I are big believers…” Laughter from audience ensues.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that Chinese President Xi Jinping had consolidated power more quickly than any Chinese leader in decades, raising human rights concerns and worrying China’s neighbors.
Obama, who met Xi last month in Beijing, told the Business Roundtable group of top U.S. chief executives that the Chinese leader had won respect in the short time since he had taken over.