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    U.S. Raid Rescues Pirate Hostages

    An undated handout photo from the Danish Refugee Council shows US hostage Jessica Buchanan who was rescued by US special forces in Somalia on January 25, 2012. US Navy SEALs aboard at least six military helicopters flew in low over central Somalia to surprise the kidnappers in a pre-dawn raid, killing several in a gunbattle, several officials said. The two hostages, American Jessica Buchanan and Poul Thisted, a Dane, who worked for the Danish Refugee Council Demining Group, were unharmed and flown to safety, their employer said.
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    When President Obama stepped into the House to give the State of the Union last night, he pointed to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and said, “Good job tonight.” The reason? American commandos—the same team that carried out the bin Laden mission—had just dropped into Somalia by helicopter, killed nine pirates, captured several others, and freed two aid workers, including an American woman, who had been held captive for months. In a statement this morning Obama said he authorized the operation on Monday. “Thanks to the extraordinary courage and capabilities of our Special Operations forces, yesterday Jessica Buchanan (pictured at left) was rescued and she is on her way home,” Obama said in the statement. Buchanan and Poul Hagen Thisted, a Dane, were kidnapped by two truckloads of gunmen in October on their way to the airport.

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