'Mali War Retaliation: World Police Protecting Corporate Interests in Africa' [Patrick Henningsen @ RT]
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35 foreign hostages held captive at a gas field in Algeria have reportedly been killed in the operation to free them. 15 of the captors are also thought to have died, some people are apparently still being held. The local media suggests Algerian forces attacked a convoy of kidnappers and captives from the air.
Militants first attacked the complex on Wednesday, killing at least two of the staff and seizing dozens. The hostage-takers were demanding an end to the French-led combat action against insurgents in neighboring Mali. And there, the operation has intensified.
French troops are now on the ground in support of a heavy air campaign against Al-Qaeda-linked groups. The army has also received logistical support from its NATO allies, while the EU is preparing to send hundreds of military personnel to train the Malian army.
Geopolitical analyst Patrick Henningsen joins RT from Beirut to discuss the prospects of the mission and the rising threat of retaliation attacks.
Originally aired on RT, January 17, 2013