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An obscure Algerian extremist group that abducted a French alpine guide has threatened to kill him. The group broke from Al Qaeda earlier this month and vowed allegiance to the self-declared Islamic State.
Some in France still seethe over their defeat in the Algerian War and resent the Algerians' participation. The anger is sharpest among rightest opponents of President Hollande.
The US is offering up to $23 million for information leading to the location of Nigeria's Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and Al Qaeda operative Mokhtar Belmokhtar.
The attack on the gas plant in Algeria took place in the middle of a complex, sprawling desert region the size of the continental United States.
Algeria's prime minister says quick intervention was 'the only way possible' to end the standoff, but some foreign governments said they should have been more closely consulted about rescue plans.
Seven Americans made it out safely from the attack on a gas complex in Algeria. The overall death toll from the standoff has surpassed 80.
Leaders around the world are vowing to strike back hard at Islamist militancy that is surging across North Africa. Here are some of the challenges they face.
Algeria's special forces launched a 'final assault' Saturday to end a four-day-old hostage crisis. The state news agency said 11 militants and seven more hostages were killed.
The hostage situation has highlighted the precarious situation of energy production in Algeria, which is Europe's third-largest natural gas producer but is also home to an Islamic insurgency.
Islamist militants have taken gas plant workers from at least ten countries - including the United States - hostage in the Saharan desert.
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