White House posts - then deletes - photo outing special operators working to free Hamas hostages
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Back to Reading Published Oct. 19, 2023, 6:52 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON - The Biden administration admitted Thursday that it had accidentally outed the identities of several US special operators working to help Israel find and rescue hostages taken by Hamas terrorists.
In one of the more egregious examples of the old adage, "loose lips sink ships," the White House posted a photo to its official Instagram account of President Biden shaking the hand of a member of the Army's elite counter terrorism unit.
Along with the service member Biden was greeting, the faces of three other Delta Force fighters could be seen in the photo.
The soldier shaking hands with Biden also revealed a distinctive set of tattoos on his right arm.
The revealing photograph was up for approximately an hour before officials were made aware of the problem, a White House spokesperson told The Post.
3The Biden administration admitted Thursday that it had accidentally outed the identities of several US special operators working to help Israel find and rescue hostages taken by Hamas terrorists.AP
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"As soon as this was brought to our attention, we immediately deleted the photo," the rep said.
"We regret the error and any issues this may have caused."
The photo received more than 6,100 likes, according to a screenshot that circulated on social media on Thursday.
3In one of the more egregious examples of the old adage, "loose lips sink ships," the White House posted a photo to its official Instagram account of President Biden shaking the hand of a member of the Army's elite counter terrorism unit.Instagram
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The faces and names of special operators are kept secret to prevent identification by enemies if captured. Photos of Delta Force members are rare, and almost never include their faces.
Biden sent special operators to Israel last week to help "their Israeli counterparts on every aspect of the hostage crisis, including sharing intelligence and deploying experts from across the United States government."
Worst attack on Israel in 50 years: How we got here
2005: Israel unilaterally withdraws from the Gaza Strip over three decades after winning the territory from Egypt in the Six-Day War.
2006: Terrorist group Hamas wins a Palestinian legislative election.
2007: Hamas seizes control of Gaza in a civil war.
2008: Israel launches military offensive against Gaza after Palestinian terrorists fired rockets into the town of Sderot.
2023: Hamas launches the biggest attack on Israel in 50 years.
Over 1,400 Israelis are dead, more than 4,200 are wounded and at least 100 were taken hostage, with the death toll expected to rise after Hamas terrorists fired thousands of rockets and sent dozens of militants into Israeli towns.
Hamas terrorists were seen taking female hostages and parading them down the street in horrifying videos.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced "We are at war" and vowed Hamas would pay "a price it has never known."
Gaza health officials report at least 3,000 Palestinians have been killed and more than 12,500 injured.
The Israeli government has confirmed 203 hostages are being held by Hamas after the terror group's Oct. 7 attack on southern Israel.
The White House has confirmed that Americans are among that number.