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While President Obama was delivering his State of the Union Address an American special operations team parachuted into Somalia.
And came out with two aid workers who have been held hostage by Somali pirates.
National security correspondent Jennifer Griffin has details from the Pentagon tonight.
Even as President Obama entered the house chamber and congratulated his Defense Secretary on a job well done.
The secret raid involving US special operations forces was still ongoing.
To rescue Jessica Buchanan.
An American aid worker and her Danish colleague from their Somali captors at 6:43 PM eastern the president was told.
Both hostages were safe.
More than fifty US troops were involved in the mission members of the -- seal team six.
Parachuted out of an airplane arriving on foot at an encampment surprising the sleeping kidnappers on a moonless night.
A firefight ensued lasting a matter of seconds helicopters ferried the US rescuers to safety back to camp Le -- -- -- -- -- A -- that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited in December.
All nine Somali hostage takers were killed there were no Americans injured in the raid.
President Obama gave the go ahead for the rescue at 9 PM on Monday after being briefed in the White House residence by his national security advisor.
They said it was the time the opportunity -- -- was.
Was that word was failing and -- they concluded they should go at this time the president gave the go.
US officials tell fox that Buchanan's health was deteriorating and they worried that a previous infection.
Was leading to possible kidney failure during the State of the Union Address admiral William craven.
The head of US special operations had been invited to sit with the First Lady as President Obama left the house floor.
He again congratulated his Defense Secretary.
And then the president placed a call from the capital to be -- father John in Ohio to say that his daughter was on her way home.
The seal team six members behind this rescue -- not necessarily the same ones who killed bin -- We don't expect the military to share more details they regret too much was said classmate -- Jennifer there was more news today about administration efforts to rein in military spending -- tells.
That's right the army is going to be shrunk we're told by.
At least eight brigades.
Down to 490000.
Troops at their height during the Iraq and Afghan wars they were up to 507000.
The air force we're told will lose the global hawk program that's a key unmanned drone and be forced to -- Cold War era -- to spy planes threat would details and all of that tomorrow Jennifer thank you.
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