Special operations rescue mission fails following delay from White House

A CH-47 Chinook helicopter preparing for a night mission. Credit: U.S. Army

A U.S. special operations mission to rescue kidnapped professors from the American University in Afghanistan has failed.

The secret operation, which took place weeks ago, killed seven enemy fighters but yielded no captives, according to Fox News.

The mission was actually supposed to be attempted a day earlier, but as the operators were en route to the target, White House approval fell through, and they had to turn back to base.

The following day, president Obama did give the approval but when they got there the prisoners were gone.  It’s not clear whether the hostages were there the day before and had been moved, or if the intelligence was faulty to begin with.

The mission was initially cancelled because there was not agreement among the various government agencies involved as to how concrete the intelligence was in regards to the location, an official told Fox News.

Another source told Fox that the delay in approval for the first rescue attempt was due to the White House ‘bureaucracy.’

U.S. special operations forces are only allowed to act without permission in such cases where the hostages are in imminent danger, which was not the consensus at the time.


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