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A Botched Hostage Rescue in Algeria

So the Algerian army stormed the Ain Amenas natural gas complex where terrorists held dozens of foreigners, including Americans, hostage. And the prelinary body count is 32 dead terrorists and 23 dead hostages.

Maybe the Algerians went in there and shot everything that moved because they were scared. Perhaps they didn’t particularly care about the well-being of hostages. I seriously doubt the soldiers have been trained in avoiding civilian casualties. (The armies of the Middle East and North Africa don’t exactly excel in that area.)

Then again, the Algerians may have fough bravely and carefully while the terrorists executed the hostages. That’s plausible, too. The French president says that’s exactly what happened, although I’m not sure many people actually know at this point exactly what happened.

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