UPDATE: Algerian Hostage Crisis Ends, Questions Remain

The Algerian Communications Minister said, “Search efforts are ongoing at the gas installation … I fear the numbers will be updated with more victims later today.”

The hostage crisis in Algeria appears to be over, leaving 23 hostages dead. But there are still many unanswered questions. CNN reports that it is still unclear,

[E]xactly how many people are unaccounted for at a remote natural gas facility after three days of chaos that ended Saturday … Some 685 Algerian workers and 107 foreigners were freed, the Algerian Interior Ministry said.

Great Britain, the US, and Japan are among the nations with citizens who are unaccounted for, and all three of the governments are in close contact with Algerian officials to gain as much “insight” into the situation as possible. Algerian officials have said that of the32 militants killed, only 3 were actually Algerian; the other 29 were members of six different nationalities which include Arabs, Africans, and people from other non-African nations.

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  1. Richard Aubrey says:

    During a previous islamist insurrection and terror campaign, two schools of thought contended in the Algerian government. One wanted to negotiate, try to free hostages with concessions and so forth. Another thought that killing them all and tough on the hostages, if there were any, was the way to go. The later, aka “eradicateurs” won.
    In addition, as Richard Fernandez says at Belmont Club, the world is going to find out how to get along without the US, Seals, Delta, Marines. Nor can anybody in his right mind bank on the luck the Israelis had at Entebbe.
    So, even if the Algerians were trying, it’s not going to go well, more than likely, and they don’t think they ought to try. Eradicate seems to be their strategy and it would be hard to argue with it, unless you were a hostage, I suppose.

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