Special ops raid does not find kidnapped professor in Afghanistan

Washington Examiner:
The Pentagon confirmed Thursday evening that U.S. forces were unsuccessful in their mission to rescue hostages in Afghanistan last month.

"In August, at the recommendation of [Defense Secretary Ash] Carter, President Obama authorized U.S. forces to conduct a mission in Afghanistan, aimed at recovering two civilian hostages," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement. "Unfortunately, the hostages were not at the location we suspected. During the mission, U.S. forces engaged and killed a number of hostile forces. No U.S. personnel or civilians were harmed."
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The two were kidnapped from the American University in Kabul in a Taliban terror attack.  Other reports suggest that President Obama was on his vacation and did not approve the raid in a timely manner.  The kidnappers may be hoping for a big payout from the Obama administration like the recent payments to Iran after it held Americans hostage.

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