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US played ‘limited’ role in botched French rescue bid

By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, January 13, 2013 19:45 EDT
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A file handout still frame released on October 4, 2012 by the SITE Monitoring Service shows French secret agent Denis Allex held hostage in Somalia urging French President to negotiate his release in a video shot by his Islamist militia captors.  Image AFP
 
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The United States said Sunday it played a limited support role in France’s botched bid to rescue a kidnapped secret agent in Somalia.

“United States forces provided limited technical support to the French forces in that operation, but took no direct part in the assault on the compound where it was believed the French citizen was being held hostage,” President Barack Obama said in a letter to Congress.

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