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Is the Sahara the newest great threat to the United States -- "a terrorist training ground," hotbed of extremism, the new Afghanistan -- in the Great War against Islamic terrorism that still preoccupies the American political class and the foreign affairs community?

Algeria Hostage Crisis Comes to a Violent End

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"Algerian authorities said they believe the militants' attack was revenge for allowing France to use Algerian airspace for an offensive against Islamist militants in neighboring Mali," CNN reports.

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