Update [12/6/14]: American freelance photographer Luke Somers, 33, was reportedly killed during a raid by US commandos early Saturday on an outpost of the Al Qaeda-affiliated group that has been holding him for over a year. This was reportedly the second failed attempt to free Somers. The New York Times is reporting that a second hostage, South African citizen Pierre Korkie, was also killed in the raid.
The war on journalism continues.
On Thursday, Al Qaeda’s Yemen branch published a video of a man identifying himself as Luke Somers, 33, a freelance photojournalist who was reportedly abducted in the capital of Sanaa last September.
In the video, a member of the group, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) – which has fueled its operations through millions of dollars in ransoms received for European hostages, US security officials say – attacks US foreign policy.
The man featured in the video also issues a stark warning: "We give the American government a timeframe of three days from the issuance of this statement to meet our demands about which they are aware; otherwise, the American hostage held by us will meet his inevitable fate.”