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Obama says US forces gave limited technical support in failed French bid to rescue intelligence agent.
US president Barack Obama says American forces assisted in a failed attempt to rescue a French secret agent captured by insurgents in Somalia.
“United States combat aircraft briefly entered Somali airspace to support the rescue operation, if needed. These aircraft did not employ weapons during the operation,” Obama said in his letter to to Congress on Sunday.
Obama said the troops provided limited technical support to French forces leading the operation on Friday.
The president sent the letter to US lawmakers to fulfil his obligations under the War Powers Resolution,