US forces carried out botched Afghan hostage rescue: source

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US forces carried out the botched rescue attempt of British aid worker Linda Norgrove in Afghanistan that resulted in her death, a British government source said Saturday.

"The rescue was an ISAF operation carried out by US forces," said the source on condition of anonymity, referring to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), a global coalition fighting insurgents in Afghanistan.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague confirmed Saturday that Norgrove, 36, had died in a rescue attempt on Friday night, almost a fortnight after she was seized while travelling to Kunar province on September 26.

He defended the decision to try to save her, saying Britain and its NATO allies had judged it her "best chance" of surviving the ordeal.

© 2010 AFP

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