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International Efforts Underway to Rescue Hostages Held by Hamas

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The United Kingdom and other international partners have expressed readiness to assist Israeli forces in rescuing hostages taken by Hamas during their terrorist attack on October 7. The militant group is employing these hostages as a means of negotiation.

The situation involves the widespread scattering of hostages throughout the Gaza territory, making the rescue operation complex. According to reports from Fox News, Justin Crump, the CEO of the security and intelligence group Sibylline, has called on Western nations with strong special forces capabilities to aid in the release of these hostages.

Since Hamas launched thousands of missiles into Israel last week, the conflict has resulted in a significant loss of life. At least 4,200 people have been killed, including Israeli civilians and soldiers, as well as American and Palestinian casualties. President Biden has emphasized the high priority of releasing and ensuring the safe return of the hostages, though he did not disclose specific plans.

Hamas reportedly took around 199 Israelis as hostages, and several other nations have citizens either missing or taken hostage during the attack. British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly confirmed that up to 10 British nationals are believed to be held hostage in the Gaza Strip.

The United Kingdom’s Special Forces, including the SAS, have adjusted their readiness due to the events in southern Israel. General Lord Richard Dannatt, the former chief of general staff in the British army, highlighted the expertise of the U.K. Special Forces in hostage rescue situations.

The British Special Forces are believed to be collaborating with Israel’s Sayeret Matkal force and the U.S. Delta Force to gather intelligence and plan hostage rescue operations.

Former CIA director and retired four-star Gen. David Petraeus commended the comprehensive efforts in progress, with a focus on locating and rescuing the hostages held by Hamas.

The goal is not only to assist Americans in Gaza but also to address the concerns of displaced civilians within the region. The situation remains dynamic as international partners work toward the safe release of hostages and the restoration of stability in the area.

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Venezuela’s communist president punishing Biden admin by halting flights of migrants being repatriated from U.S.

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Venezuela is pushing around the Biden administration by halting flights of migrants being repatriated from the U.S. and Mexico. According to U.S. officials, Venezuela’s communist President Nicolas Maduro is breaking a deal with the United States, which was a “key instrument for the Biden administration to halt illegal migration from the communist South American country” reports ADN America.

Reportedly the “halt in flights came as part of a Venezuelan measure after the White House reinstated some economic sanctions it had lifted against its oil and gas industry as part of a gesture to move the country toward democratic elections.”

Washington has since accused Caracas of following through with its promises to ease pressure and intimidation tactics against opposition candidates, such as the country’s prized Unity candidate, Maria Corina Machado, ADN America adds.

“Corina Machado obtained an impressive 72% level of support, marking a milestone as the candidate with greatest support in the history of the country before elections.” ADN has published several reports outlining the crack downs, kidnappings of opposition candidate campaign workers and intimidation tactics.

In addition to breaking its promises to observe democratic principles for free and fair elections, Venezuela has also asserted a claim it has a right to invade its oil rich neighbor, Guyana, sparking further concerns within the Pentagon and State Department.

According to U.S. officials who spoke to The Wall Street Journal, chances of reigniting the agreement are slim and relations between both sides continue to slip into a dark chasm. “Increased deportations and containing the surge of migrants from Venezuela, the third-largest nationality after Mexico and Guatemala, could have helped ease some of the pressure on Biden, whose poll ratings have been sliding ahead of November’s presidential election, partly because of the immigration issue,” the Journal reported.

The U.S. has so far repatriated about 1,800 Venezuelans on 15 flights since the October agreement was brokered, a sliver of the migrants who have penetrated the southwest border during the Biden era.

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