Algeria raid puts a lawless region in the spotlight
Algiers says 45 hostages, including Americans, escaped the gas field seized by militants. But later reports dispute that. CAIRO — The offensive by Algerian soldiers to free hostages at a natural gas complex has refocused world attention on the dangers of a lawless desert region bristling with gunrunners, smugglers and a virulent strain of Islamic ideology.
Group of hostages reportedly escapes Islamist captors in Algeria
CAIRO -- The Algerian news agency reported Thursday that as many as 45 hostages, including Americans, had escaped from a natural gas complex a day after Islamic militants seized the installation in retaliation for French airstrikes against Islamist rebels in neighboring Mali.
Fears of Mali Blowback Realized? Algerian Militants Attack Gas Field, Seize Western Hostages
This a breaking story. Check back for news updates: Media are reporting that Islamic militants—citing anger over French military forces in neighboring Mali— have seized control of an area near a natural gas field in the west African nation of Algeria and taken dozens of hostages, including many westerners and some Americans. As Reuters reports :
3 State Department officials quit after report on Benghazi attack
The three officials resign after a high-level panel held them responsible for failing to act on requests for greater security for the U.S. mission in Libya. WASHINGTON — Three senior State Department officials resigned under pressure Wednesday after an independent review board determined that they had operational responsibility for "grossly inadequate" security when Islamic militants killed four Americans at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
Libya Protesters March on Militia Headquarters
Thousands marched to the gates of one of the country's strongest armed Islamic extremist groups, as the attack that killed four Americans sparked a public backlash against militias.