Algerian special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the middle of the Sahara desert on Saturday in a “final assault” that ended a four-day-old hostage crisis, according to the state news agency and two foreign governments. At least 19 hostages and 29 Islamist militants have been killed.
The report, quoting a security source, didn’t say whether any hostages or militants remained alive, and it didn’t give the nationalities of the dead.
It said the army was forced to intervene after a fire broke out in the plant and said the militants killed the hostages. It wasn’t immediately possible to verify who killed the captives.
Seven hostages and 11 militants were killed in Saturday’s operation, adding to the previous tally of 12 captives and 18 kidnappers.
Contrary to President Obama’s contention that Al Qeda is diminished, it has instead metastasized.
The administration’s options with regard to the “Arab Spring” revolutions were limited. The United States cannot always bend events to its will. But the certainly seems to be a naivete and willful blindness to the actions of Islamic radicals throughout the region by our current foreign policy apparatus. The instability in Libya has lead directly to the current conflict in Mali and this latest attack in Algeria. And as usual, the US gets blamed.