Algeria and Mali

  • Six hostages, eight rebels killed in Algeria strike - source

    ALGIERS - Six foreign hostages and eight of their captors were killed by an Algerian military strike on a vehicle being used by the kidnappers at a remote gas plant, a source in the town where the incident was unfolding told Reuters.

    The source said some hostages were still being held, and 180 Algerian citizens had escaped.
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Russia backs Syrian forces in major assault on insurgents

BEIRUT - Syrian troops and militia backed by Russian warplanes mounted what appeared to be their first major coordinated assault on Syrian insurgents on Wednesday and Moscow said its warships fired a barrage of missiles at them from the Caspian Sea, a sign of its new military reach. | Video