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Fox News: Special Ops Launched Failed Rescue Attempt of Kidnapped Profs in Afghanistan

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By    |   Thursday, 08 Sep 2016 04:02 PM

Days after two professors from the University of Afghanistan were kidnapped in Kabul last month, U.S. special forces launched an unsuccessful rescue attempt — which came a day after the White House aborted another rescue mission.

According to Fox News, President Barack Obama denied a request by the military to rescue the hostages. That forced the special operations troops, who were already en route via helicopter to their suspected location, to turn around. The following day, permission was granted and the attempt was made.

Seven militants were killed in a firefight during the rescue attempt but the hostages were not there. No Americans were killed or wounded.

"It didn't go the way it was supposed to go," a Department of Defense official told Fox News. The rescue attempt took place in Afghanistan.

The White House refused to give its final sign-off in the original mission because of what it claimed to be a lack of intelligence.

"They turned back that first night because they didn't have authority," another defense official told the network. "They could have gone without permission if they thought hostages' lives were in imminent danger."

The two professors were taken from their cars by armed men dressed as Afghan security forces on Aug. 7. One was an American and the other was an Australian.

U.S. officials suspect the Haqqani network is responsible for the kidnapping. The hostages' whereabouts are not currently known.

Twelve people were killed in a terror attack on the University of Afghanistan late last month.

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