French special forces this week launched an operation in the West African country of Burkina Faso to rescue two French tourists snatched in neighboring Benin before they were handed over to Islamists in Mali.
They were surprised to find the kidnappers also holding a US woman and a South Korean man. Two French soldiers were killed in a close-quarters fight with the abductors, 4 of whom were killed. Two escaped. Their identify has not been disclosed, although the jihadist groups operating in the area of the kidnap are linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.