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WSJ Tick Tock on the Attempted Rescue of James Foley

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by YankeeFan, Sep 5, 2014.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    On a moonless night in early July, several dozen Army Delta Force commandos touched down at an oil-storage facility in eastern Syria.

    The plan: Neutralize the terrorist guards, search a makeshift prison, find American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and other hostages, and fly off to safety. It was all supposed to take 20 minutes.

    More than an hour later, the Army team was headed back to its launchpad outside Syria empty-handed.

    "It was a dry hole," a senior U.S. military official said, using jargon for a mission whose target couldn't be found.

    One model for the operation was the 2011 mission that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, down to choosing the darkest of nights to cloak the raiders. But this raid, the first known U.S. incursion into Syria since its civil war erupted, was in many ways a far bigger gamble, according to current and former U.S. defense and government officials.

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