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Islamists Seize Foreign Hostages at Algeria Gas Field

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Islamist militants seized a foreign-operated gas field in Algeria early Wednesday and took 20 or more foreign hostages, including Americans, according to an Algerian government official and the country's state-run news agency, in what appeared to be a retaliation for the French-led military intervention in neighboring Mali. Victoria Nuland, a State Department spokeswoman, told reporters in Washington that an unidentified number of American citizens were believed to be among the hostages, and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, traveling in Italy, seemed to raise the possibility that the United States might take military action in response.
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