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American among hostages targeted in Yemen raid


 A member of Yemen special forces says an American and a Briton being held by al-Qaida were among those intended to be rescued in a raid on a cave but were moved out before the operation. A senior U.S. defense official say the raid involved American commandos.

   Eight hostages -- including a Saudi-- were liberated in the joint American-Yemeni raid in an al-Qaida safe haven in eastern Yemeni province early hours Tuesday, according to American and Yemeni officials.

   The Special Forces member named Abu Marouf spoke to the semi-official Yemen Defense Ministry online portal Sept. 26 on Wednesday. A day earlier, the Pentagon spokesman told the AP, "there were no U.S. personnel rescued" in the operation.

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