Were three peace activists. Facts won't matter to the lefties, but according to this BBC report, quoting MGen. Rick Lynch"
1. the op - conducted, apparently, by Brit special forces - was the result of information obtained from a detainee (no word on whether someone spoke rudely to him to get him to talk);
2. it was mounted with considerable speed, and conducted successfully against a gang that wasn't insurgents but a criminal kidnapping gang; and
3. the Beeb expresses its principal relief: that fewer media correspondents are the subject of kidnappings lately.
The main fact -- that these kidnappings weren't by terrorists but by ordinary criminals -- is terribly important. Be assured that the MSM will miss it entirely.