FILE - In this Jan 31, 2013 file photo, Algerian soldiers and officials stand in front of the gas plant in Ain Amenas, seen in background, during a visit organized by the Algerian autho

 

              FILE - In this Jan 31, 2013 file photo, Algerian soldiers and officials stand in front of the gas plant in Ain Amenas, seen in background, during a visit organized by the Algerian autho
FILE - In this Jan 31, 2013 file photo, Algerian soldiers and officials stand in front of the gas plant in Ain Amenas, seen in background, during a visit organized by the Algerian authorities for news media. In an Oct. 3, 2012 internal al-Qaida letter found by the AP, international terrorist Moktar Belmoktar is excoriated for his unwillingness to follow orders and critiqued for his failure to carry out any large attack. His ego bruised, he quit and formed his own group to compete directly with his former employer. Within months, he claimed responsibility for two attacks, in Algeria and Niger, so large that they rivaled the biggest operations undertaken by al-Qaida's wing on the continent. In January, his cell penetrated a BP-operated gas plant in Algeria, kidnapping over 600 people, the largest hostage-crisis in recent memory. (AP Photo, File)