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Panetta: As Many as 8 Americans Held by Al Qaeda in Algeria

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Panetta: As Many as 8 Americans Held by Al Qaeda in Algeria Algerian troops have surrounded the natural gas compound in the Sahara desert where as many as 100 hostages, including up to eight Americans, are being held by terrorists who claim to be part of Al Qaeda and are led by a one-eyed smuggler known as Mr. Marlboro. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told ABC News that as many as 100 hostages are being held, and that there may be seven or eight Americans among them. The kidnappers have released a statement saying there are "more than 40 crusaders" held "including 7 Americans."


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