January 17, 2013

White House Doesn't Know if Hostages Alive

Josh Rogin, The Cable

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The U.S. government is trying to determine now whether or not the seven Americans reportedly being held hostage by Islamic militants in Algeria are still alive.

Several reports Thursday said that 25 hostages escaped and six were killed when Algerian forces mounted an operation to free the hostages in the remote desert gas plant where they were being held.

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