January 20th, 2013
04:28 AM ET

Nations scramble to account for missing after Algeria hostage crisis

By Amir Ahmed

The hostage crisis in eastern Algeria is over, but the questions remain.

Among them, exactly how many people are unaccounted for at a remote natural gas facility after three days of chaos that ended Saturday, leaving 23 hostages and dozens of Islamist militants dead.

Some 685 Algerian workers and 107 foreigners were freed, the Algerian interior ministry said.

The White House, in a statement Saturday night, said it remained in close contact with the Algerian government to "gain a fuller understanding of what took place."

The State Department, meanwhile, warned against travel to Algeria.

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        I didn't, Kareem. Phunnie boy above usurped my name to post his Tea Party mumbo-jumbo in order to be politically correct. I never post any of the PC Tea Party nonsense here nor do I use that filthy Tea Party lingo!!!

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      Sorry, I forgot we Americans don't negotatiate with extremist elements lobotomised by the hindu manifesto.

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