January 16th, 2013
08:41 PM ET

Rep. Royce prefers raid over ransom in Algeria kidnapping case

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is calling the kidnapping of Americans in Algeria is a terrorist attack.

Algeria's interior minister says Islamists angry over Algeria's support for the French offensive in Mali attacked an oil field in southern Algeria today, killing two people and seizing a number of hostages.

The exact number of U.S. hostages is unclear - the U.S. government says perhaps as few as three American are being held.

OutFront tonight: Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) is the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

He called the terrorist attack in Algeria "the latest demonstration of a large and growing radical movement across North Africa."

Rep. Royce also supports the French offensive against the militants in Mali.

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  1. Joey at Purdue Univ

    Would that Pres. Carter were still in his prime (no offense to all his work on eradicating the guinea worm epidemic), I don't want to see us lose ANY hostages, regardless of where they're from. But the Congressman makes a good point, I wish those guys who rescued Capt. Richard Phillips from those pirates were down there.

    January 17, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Reply

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