Nigeria: Statement From the President On Last Night's Hostage Rescue

U.S. Special Forces Group members conduct key-leader engagement training with the Nigerien Armed Forces during Operation Flintlock 18 in Niger in 2018. These soldiers trained with partner forces to share experiences and increase interoperability for regional security and stability.
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Last night, at my direction, the United States military conducted a successful operation to rescue an American hostage in Nigeria, kidnapped just 96 hours earlier. United States Special Forces executed a daring nighttime operation to rescue their fellow American with exceptional skill, precision, and bravery. No United States Service Members were harmed. The former hostage is currently in good health and has been reunited with his family.

Securing the freedom of Americans held in captivity abroad has been a top national security priority of my Administration. Since the beginning of my Administration, we have rescued over 55 hostages and detainees in more than 24 countries. Today’s operation should serve as a stark warning to terrorists and criminal thugs who mistakenly believe they can kidnap Americans with impunity.

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