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I'm Shepard Smith and this is the -- report it's the bottom of the hour time for the top of that he is live from Washington tonight the fight against -- car.
And militant Islam in Africa one of the many foreign policy challenges for the commander in chief second term.
The State Department today confirm that last week's hostage standoff.
At a gas plant in Algeria did kill three Americans.
According to the Algerian prime minister the militants included two Canadians and a team of explosives experts who had planned to blow up the place.
The prime minister also said the military operation to free those hostages resulted in the deaths of dozens of prisoners -- nearly thirty of the militants.
You'll recall just last week the militants stormed the facility near the Libyan border according to the Algerian state television company they claimed the attack was payback.
For Algeria letting French jets use its airspace to attack attack Islamist fighters in neighboring Mali.
The -- chief correspondent Jonathan Hunt has this live from New York tonight -- last week we had a lot of criticism of the algerians.
There seems to -- -- change in tone now.
-- very much so -- week that the British and Japanese governments in particular was very critical of Walt -- soar as an overly aggressive.
And heavy handed response by the Algerian security forces.
-- going in the wind helicopter gun -- And Dutton and other large number of special security special service -- is to try to take on the the attack because the US government was very careful in its wording -- -- last week and today.
At statement issued in the name of Victoria -- -- -- in the State Department spokeswoman said in pot.
As the president said.
The blame for this tragedy rests with the terrorists who carried it parent and the United States condemns their actions in the strongest possible terms.
We will continue to work closely with the government of Algeria to gain a full understanding of the terrorist attack of last week.
And how we can work together moving -- would.
To combat such threats in the future in that same statement ms.
human confirmed those deaths of three Americans as a result of this attack.
-- Jonathan this crisis and Algeria really prime example about international events -- over.
Really overshadow -- president's domestic agenda.
-- about President Obama is inauguration speech today was us so long -- domestic policy.
Very short on foreign policy a declaration that a decade of war is coming to an end and baseless and real support democracy from Asia to Africa.
From the Americas to the Middle East because our interest and our conscience compel us to act on behalf.
Of those who long for freedom.
Just a couple of sentences on foreign policy but there are many potential challenges.
Ahead for President Obama the ongoing civil wall in Syria the ongoing nuclear ambitions of both Iran and North Korea.
And of course the rise in Islamic extremism.
The Algeria hostage crisis just the latest example all of that.
Those militants have -- more attacks on the French and anybody else who supports that military campaign.
In neighboring Mali and of course the US.
Is supporting that campaigned -- remains in the eyes of these militants an ongoing target chip.
Jonathan Hunt in New York tonight John thanks.
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