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The Unspectacular, Unsophisticated Algerian Hostage Crisis

Daddio7 Wrote: Jan 27, 2013 5:15 AM
You confuse "small" with "nonexistent". You brain is small. If it was nonexistent we would be spared your nonexistent contribution to the discourse.

The recent jihadist attack on the Tigantourine natural gas facility near In Amenas, Algeria, and the subsequent hostage situation there have prompted some knee-jerk discussions among media punditry. From these discussions came the belief that the incident was spectacular, sophisticated and above all unprecedented. A closer examination shows quite the opposite.

Indeed, very little of the incident was without precedent. Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who orchestrated the attack, has employed similar tactics and a similar scale of force before,...

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