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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Monday, January 21, 2013

Libyan coup paved way for hostage crisis

The hostage crisis in Algeria was only superficially connected to the military operations in Mali, the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung contends, arguing that the terrorists took advantage of the general commotion in the Arab world and in particular in Libya: "The attack on the plant of In Aménas was too big an operation to have been launched on the basis of a spontaneous decision. The French intervention in Mali may have provided nothing more than an opportune moment for a strike which had long been in planning. The attack had less to do with Mali than with the overthrow of the regime in Libya. It opened up Gaddafi's weapons arsenal, allowing Algerian terrorists to stock up on arms, and also opened up the borders, providing new places of refuge for terrorists in the neighbouring countries."

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