U.S. Navy SEALs conduct hostage rescue in Somalia

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An American and a Dane, held hostage by Somali pirates, were rescued by a SEAL team operating in East Africa early Wednesday morning.

The dramatic rescue involved SEALs parachuting into the small town, moving over land to the compound where American Jessica Buchanan and Poul Thisted were being held. They were then taken by helicopter to Djibouti, where U.S. forces maintain a military base.

The operation, authorized by President Barack Obama, was completed shortly before Tuesday night's State of the Union address and is believed to be the reason for Obama's praise for Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as he walked into the House chamber. Buchannan and Thisted has been held since late last year, but a decline in Buchannan's health led Obama to authorize the military operation.

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