US Military Hostage Rescues

February 2, 2012 - 9:45 AM
FILE - In this file photo taken from insurgents video released on Tuesday Jan. 25, 2005, a man who identifies himself as American Roy Hallums pleads for Arab rulers to intercede to spare his life. Hallums was kidnapped by gunmen in Iraq in 2004 and held for 311 days before U.S. Army Delta Force operators rescued him from a small, underground room. U.S. special forces units are compiling a string of successful hostage rescues, thanks to improved technology and a decade of wartime experience. But despite technological advances like thermal imaging and surveillance drones, the raids remain high-risk. (AP Photo/Insurgents video via APTN, File) TV OUT