The press questioned Thursday whether military force should have been used to rescue a journalist held hostage in Afghanistan, after his assistant, two civilians and a British soldier were killed.
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Soldiers from the Special Forces Support Group on Wednesday rescued New York Times reporter Stephen Farrell, who has dual British-Irish nationality and was being held by the Taliban, in an airborne raid and shootout in the country’s north.
Farrell and his Afghan colleague were snatched four days earlier while they were reporting on a NATO air strike that targeted fuel tankers and killed scores of people, sparking intense anger in Afghanistan.
Hostage negotiators expressed anger at the raid, saying they were within days of securing the peaceful release of Farrell and his assistant Sultan Munadi from the Taliban, according to newspapers.
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