Escalation of the Shadow War: Americans Seized

Only two days ago I noted an NBCNews piece about American forces involved in Mali’s shadow war, if only on the periphery. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb figured prominently in that news.

Now 41 people, mostly Algerian nationals but including a half-dozen or so Americans have been taken hostage at a gas plant in neighboring Algeria:

“The al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb group claimed it had captured the workers in retaliation for France’s intervention in Mali, Reuters reported, citing two Mauritania-based news agencies.”