WorldViews: The problem with the U.S. policy of no ransoms? Hostage rescues are very, very difficult.

By Adam Taylor, December 4, 2014

Last week, U.S. Special Operation forces headed to a cave in Hagr al-Saiaar, a remote area of Yemen for a rare on-the-ground intervention in the Middle Eastern nation. They were taking part in a rescue mission and hoped to free a number of hostages chained up in the cage and kept prisoner by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a particularly feared al Qaeda offshoot.

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