Navy Seals hiked six miles and got within 100 yards of Yemen compound where executed US hostage was being held – before a dog bark alerted al-Qaeda captors

They were only 100 yards away from the compound when the terrorists reportedly heard a dog bark – prompting the militants to shoot the pair dead.

Two medics involved in the operation tried to revive both of the hostages, but one died at the scene while the other succumbed to his injuries on the operating table inside the USS Makin Island.

Outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel confirmed Mr Somers death this morning as he landed in Afghanistan.

During a press conference he announced that 1,000 more US troops than expected will be stationed in the country next year following a spike in Taliban attacks.

Mr Somers was badly wounded when commandos found him and he died from his injuries by the time he had been flown to a naval ship.

Mr Somers’ sister Lucy Somers told Associated Press that she learned of her brother’s death from FBI agents at 5am this morning. ‘We ask that all of Luke’s family members be allowed to mourn in peace,’ she said from London.

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  • ntt1

    once the hostages were confirmed dead they should have called in a massive air strike and flatten the area,

    • BillyHW

      They don’t drop enough daisy cutters.

  • Doug Kursk

    Dogs have always been cheap security..both for the bad and for the good.

  • Dave

    “Terminate with extreme prejudice”, including the damn dog!

  • Brian Hockersmith

    I find it strange that the captors even had a dog to alert them as most devout muslims cannot even stand the sight of a dog let alone feeding and keeping one for guard duty poor dog.

    • Minicapt

      Many of the phobias and fears expressed by the Mohammedans generally are operative only in the West, where they can cause social friction.

      Cheers

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    A good read on this matter
    http://weaponsman.com/?p=19459

    • Just a thought

      Yes. Good read. Thx.

  • Just a thought

    A dog barked? I thought dogs were forbidden in Islam? Or is that just so they can harass us for having them?

    http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2005/11/muslim-taxi-drivers-vs-seeing-eye-dogs