CNN (USA), LE FIGARO (France), REUTERS
U.S. troops lent "limited technical support" in France's bloody and failed bid in Somalia to rescue Dennis Allex, a French intelligence agent who'd been held hostage by al-Qaeda linked terrorists since 2009.
President Barack Obama detailed the U.S. military involvement in the Friday night mission in a letter sent to the leaders of the nation's two legislative chambers.
While U.S. forces "provided limited technical support," they "took no direct part in the assault on the compound where it was believed the French citizen was being held hostage," Obama explained in the letter which was then publicly released, according to CNN.
Screenshot of Dennis Allex's October message to French President François Hollande - Youtube expand=1]
Meanwhile, Islamist rebels in Somalia say a second French soldier has died of his wounds sustained during the botched raid. The soldier had already been reported as missing in action after the assault in Bulo Marer, about 75 miles northwest of the capital Mogadishu, ended with a French soldier and 17 al-Qaeda linked militants dead.
The fate of Dennis Allex himself is still unclear: Although French authorities announced the hostage had been gunned down by his captors during the attack, Abu Musab insisted that the intelligence officer was still alive and being held in a new location, France’s daily Le Figaro reports.