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Foreigners still trapped in Sahara hostage crisis

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The Amenas Gas Field in Algeria is seen in this October 8, 2012 handout image courtesy of DigitalGlobe. REUTERS/DigitalGlobe/Handout

The Amenas Gas Field in Algeria is seen in this October 8, 2012 handout image courtesy of DigitalGlobe. REUTERS/DigitalGlobe/Handout
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An ambulance believed to be carrying a wounded hostage from a gas facility where Islamist militants were holding them arrives at a hospital in In Amenas January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

An ambulance believed to be carrying a wounded hostage from a gas facility where Islamist militants were holding them arrives at a hospital in In Amenas January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina
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Egyptian Omar Abdel-Rahman (C, in cap) is seen in a 1993 courtroom sketch in New Jersey, United States, in this still image taken from video footage on January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Reuters TV/Files

Egyptian Omar Abdel-Rahman (C, in cap) is seen in a 1993 courtroom sketch in New Jersey, United States, in this still image taken from video footage on January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Reuters TV/Files
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Pakistani Aafia Siddiqui is seen in a February 3, 2010 courtroom sketch in New York City, New York, United States, in this still image taken from video footage on January 18, 2013. The Al-Qaeda linked kidnappers who took hundreds of people hostage at a gas plant in Algeria have offered to swap U.S. captives for two militants currently jailed in the United States, according to the Mauritanian news agency, ANI. REUTERS/Reuters...more

Pakistani Aafia Siddiqui is seen in a February 3, 2010 courtroom sketch in New York City, New York, United States, in this still image taken from video footage on January 18, 2013. The Al-Qaeda linked kidnappers who took hundreds of people hostage at a gas plant in Algeria have offered to swap U.S. captives for two militants currently jailed in the United States, according to the Mauritanian news agency, ANI. REUTERS/Reuters TV/Files
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REFILE - CORRECTING YEAR Hostages react after they were freed from a gas facility in Algeria where Islamist militants were holding them in Tigantourine, in this still image taken from video footage January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Algerian TV via Reuters TV

REFILE - CORRECTING YEAR Hostages react after they were freed from a gas facility in Algeria where Islamist militants were holding them in Tigantourine, in this still image taken from video footage January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Algerian TV via Reuters TV
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A freed hostage speaks after they were freed from a gas facility in Algeria where Islamist militants were holding them in Tigantourine, in this still image taken from video footage January 18, 2012. REUTERS/Algerian TV via Reuters TV

A freed hostage speaks after they were freed from a gas facility in Algeria where Islamist militants were holding them in Tigantourine, in this still image taken from video footage January 18, 2012. REUTERS/Algerian TV via Reuters TV
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A wounded hostage is seen on a hospital bed after they were freed from a gas facility in Algeria where Islamist militants were holding them in Tigantourine, in this still image taken from video footage January 18, 2012. REUTERS/Algerian TV via Reuters TV

A wounded hostage is seen on a hospital bed after they were freed from a gas facility in Algeria where Islamist militants were holding them in Tigantourine, in this still image taken from video footage January 18, 2012. REUTERS/Algerian TV via Reuters TV
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The Amenas gas field in Algeria is seen in this September 10, 2012 handout satellite image courtesy of Google Earth. REUTERS/Google Earth/GeoEye/Handout

The Amenas gas field in Algeria is seen in this September 10, 2012 handout satellite image courtesy of Google Earth. REUTERS/Google Earth/GeoEye/Handout
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The Amenas gas field in Algeria is seen in this September 10, 2012 handout satellite image courtesy of Google Earth. REUTERS/Google Earth/GeoEye/Handout

The Amenas gas field in Algeria is seen in this September 10, 2012 handout satellite image courtesy of Google Earth. REUTERS/Google Earth/GeoEye/Handout
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The Amenas gas field in Algeria is seen in this September 10, 2012 handout image courtesy of Google Earth. REUTERS/Google Earth/GeoEye/Handout (ALGERIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST ENERGY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO ARCHIVES. NO SALES. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY. AN UNPROCESSED VERSION WAS PROVIDED SEPARATELY

The Amenas gas field in Algeria is seen in this September 10, 2012 handout image courtesy of Google Earth. REUTERS/Google Earth/GeoEye/Handout (ALGERIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST ENERGY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO ARCHIVES. NO SALES. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY. AN UNPROCESSED VERSION WAS PROVIDED SEPARATELY
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An Algerian guard gestures at the main entrance of a hospital in In Amenas, as people wait to know the fate of their relatives who were taken hostage by Islamist militants in a gas facility, January 18, 2013. Algerian forces have freed about 100 of the 132 foreigners who were taken hostage in a gas facility in the Algerian desert, a security source told Reuters. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

An Algerian guard gestures at the main entrance of a hospital in In Amenas, as people wait to know the fate of their relatives who were taken hostage by Islamist militants in a gas facility, January 18, 2013. Algerian forces have freed about 100 of the 132 foreigners who were taken hostage in a gas facility in the Algerian desert, a security source told Reuters. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina
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Algerian men who survived from the gas facility in Algeria where Islamist militants were holding hostages, are seen leaving a hospital in In Amenas, January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

Algerian men who survived from the gas facility in Algeria where Islamist militants were holding hostages, are seen leaving a hospital in In Amenas, January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina
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People stand outside a hospital in In Amenas January 18, 2013, as they wait to know the fate of their relatives who were taken hostage by Islamist militants in a gas facility. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

People stand outside a hospital in In Amenas January 18, 2013, as they wait to know the fate of their relatives who were taken hostage by Islamist militants in a gas facility. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks about the hostage situation in Algeria during a joint news conference with Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (not pictured) after their meeting at the State Department in Washington January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks about the hostage situation in Algeria during a joint news conference with Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (not pictured) after their meeting at the State Department in Washington January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
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File photo of the gas field in Amenas, Algeria in this handout photo provided by Scanpix April 19, 2005. REUTERS/Kjetil Alsvik/Statoil via Scanpix

File photo of the gas field in Amenas, Algeria in this handout photo provided by Scanpix April 19, 2005. REUTERS/Kjetil Alsvik/Statoil via Scanpix
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A member of the Algerian special forces, also known as the kouksoul, attends a training in Biskra, south of Algiers in this June 28, 2007 file photo. At least 22 foreign hostages were unaccounted for on January 18, 2013 and their al-Qaeda-linked captors threatened to attack other energy installations after Algerian forces stormed a desert gas complex to free hundreds of captives, resulting in dozens of deaths. With Western leaders...more

A member of the Algerian special forces, also known as the kouksoul, attends a training in Biskra, south of Algiers in this June 28, 2007 file photo. At least 22 foreign hostages were unaccounted for on January 18, 2013 and their al-Qaeda-linked captors threatened to attack other energy installations after Algerian forces stormed a desert gas complex to free hundreds of captives, resulting in dozens of deaths. With Western leaders clamouring for details of the assault they said Algeria had launched on Thursday without consulting them, a local source said the gas base was still surrounded by Algerian special forces and some hostages remained inside. REUTERS/ Louafi Larbi/Files
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A road sign indicating In Amenas, about 100 km (60 miles) from the Algerian and Libyan border, is seen in this undated picture provided by Norwegian oil company Statoil January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Kjetil Alsvik / Statoil/Handout

A road sign indicating In Amenas, about 100 km (60 miles) from the Algerian and Libyan border, is seen in this undated picture provided by Norwegian oil company Statoil January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Kjetil Alsvik / Statoil/Handout
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Mokhtar Belmokhtar, identified by the Algerian interior ministry as the leader of a militant Islamic group, is pictured in a screen capture from an undated video distributed by the Belmokhtar Brigade obtained by Reuters January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Belmokhtar Brigade/Handout

Mokhtar Belmokhtar, identified by the Algerian interior ministry as the leader of a militant Islamic group, is pictured in a screen capture from an undated video distributed by the Belmokhtar Brigade obtained by Reuters January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Belmokhtar Brigade/Handout
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Members of the Algerian special forces, also known as the kouksoul, attend a training in Biskra, south of Algiers in this June 28, 2007 file photo. At least 22 foreign hostages were unaccounted for on January 18, 2013 and their al-Qaeda-linked captors threatened to attack other energy installations after Algerian forces stormed a desert gas complex to free hundreds of captives, resulting in dozens of deaths. With Western leaders...more

Members of the Algerian special forces, also known as the kouksoul, attend a training in Biskra, south of Algiers in this June 28, 2007 file photo. At least 22 foreign hostages were unaccounted for on January 18, 2013 and their al-Qaeda-linked captors threatened to attack other energy installations after Algerian forces stormed a desert gas complex to free hundreds of captives, resulting in dozens of deaths. With Western leaders clamouring for details of the assault they said Algeria had launched on Thursday without consulting them, a local source said the gas base was still surrounded by Algerian special forces and some hostages remained inside. REUTERS/ Louafi Larbi/Files
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A member of the Algerian special forces, also known as the kouksoul, attends a training in Biskra, south of Algiers in this June 28, 2007 file photo. At least 22 foreign hostages were unaccounted for on January 18, 2013 and their al-Qaeda-linked captors threatened to attack other energy installations after Algerian forces stormed a desert gas complex to free hundreds of captives, resulting in dozens of deaths. With Western leaders...more

A member of the Algerian special forces, also known as the kouksoul, attends a training in Biskra, south of Algiers in this June 28, 2007 file photo. At least 22 foreign hostages were unaccounted for on January 18, 2013 and their al-Qaeda-linked captors threatened to attack other energy installations after Algerian forces stormed a desert gas complex to free hundreds of captives, resulting in dozens of deaths. With Western leaders clamouring for details of the assault they said Algeria had launched on Thursday without consulting them, a local source said the gas base was still surrounded by Algerian special forces and some hostages remained inside. REUTERS/ Louafi Larbi/Files
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A member of the Algerian special forces, also known as the kouksoul, attends a training in Biskra, south of Algiers in this June 28, 2007 file photo. At least 22 foreign hostages were unaccounted for on January 18, 2013 and their al-Qaeda-linked captors threatened to attack other energy installations after Algerian forces stormed a desert gas complex to free hundreds of captives, resulting in dozens of deaths. With Western leaders...more

A member of the Algerian special forces, also known as the kouksoul, attends a training in Biskra, south of Algiers in this June 28, 2007 file photo. At least 22 foreign hostages were unaccounted for on January 18, 2013 and their al-Qaeda-linked captors threatened to attack other energy installations after Algerian forces stormed a desert gas complex to free hundreds of captives, resulting in dozens of deaths. With Western leaders clamouring for details of the assault they said Algeria had launched on Thursday without consulting them, a local source said the gas base was still surrounded by Algerian special forces and some hostages remained inside. REUTERS/ Louafi Larbi/Files
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Tanks are seen in the area of a gas plant where Algerian forces had launched an operation to free foreign hostages in Tigantourine January 17, 2013 in this still image taken from video footage. Algerian forces stormed a desert gas complex to free hundreds of hostages but 30, including several Westerners, were killed in the assault along with at least 11 of their Islamist captors, an Algerian security source told Reuters....more

Tanks are seen in the area of a gas plant where Algerian forces had launched an operation to free foreign hostages in Tigantourine January 17, 2013 in this still image taken from video footage. Algerian forces stormed a desert gas complex to free hundreds of hostages but 30, including several Westerners, were killed in the assault along with at least 11 of their Islamist captors, an Algerian security source told Reuters. REUTERS/Enahar TV via Reuters TV
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The Tigantourine natural gas facility in the Amenas gas field in eastern Algeria is seen in this 2013 satellite image courtesy of Google Earth. REUTERS/Google Earth/CNES/Spot Image/Handout

The Tigantourine natural gas facility in the Amenas gas field in eastern Algeria is seen in this 2013 satellite image courtesy of Google Earth. REUTERS/Google Earth/CNES/Spot Image/Handout
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The Amenas Gas Field in Algeria is seen in this October 8, 2012 handout image courtesy of DigitalGlobe. REUTERS/DigitalGlobe/Handout

The Amenas Gas Field in Algeria is seen in this October 8, 2012 handout image courtesy of DigitalGlobe. REUTERS/DigitalGlobe/Handout
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