5. It would seem from analysis and reports here in the UK
as broadcast by our tv news stations that Algeria's policy is based the perception that hostages can be assumed to be dead and only hitting their captors almost immediately, without negotiation, helps prevent a reoccurrence of events. In general the UK ex-hostages on their way back to the UK were full of praise for the Algerian recovery effort.
What surprised me was the sheer distance that location was from Algiers : same distance as Algiers to London.