11. The Algerian military has been locked in a bloody civil war w/Islamicists since Gulf War One ended.
The constant round of kidnappings, assassinations, coups, reprisal killings, massacres, and holy war terror bombings has been going on almost non-stop since 1991. Both sides are guilty of massive human rights abuses. The bloody rescue mission is just the latest in a long string of heavy-handed acts by the Algerian military.
Before there was the GWOT there was Algeria, and it strikes me as incredibly blind for the U.S. State Department and this Administration to be wasting a lot of time trying to enlist the Algerian military, with its appalling record, as the regional gendarme. What were they thinking?