This October 8, 2012 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria which is jointly operated by BP, Norwegian firm Statoil, and Algeria's Sonatrach. The plant was seized by Islamist terrorists on January 16. Algeria launched a military operation to free the hostages that reportedly is still ongoing. (AP Photo/DigitalGlobe)
The seizure of the gas plant in Algeria by Islamist militants reveals how vulnerable Westerners are and how willing even loosely affiliated al-Qaeda groups in different countries are to work together to strike the West. Algeria’s attack on the gas plant where hundreds of workers, including a number of Americans, are being held hostage shows its determination to defeat radical Islamists and stamp out terrorist activity, but will do little to stop future actions by radical Islamists.
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