This 2005 photo released by Statoil via NTB scanpix, shows the Ain Amenas gas field in Algeria, where Islamist militants raided and took hostages Wednesday. As Algerian army helicopters clattered overhead deep in the Sahara desert, Islamist militants hunkered down for the night in the natural gas complex they had assaulted Wednesday morning, killing two people and taking dozens of foreigners hostage in what could be the first spillover from France's intervention in Mali.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press .
published Thursday, January 17th, 2013
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DUBLIN — Stephen McFaul’s loved ones say they cannot believe he’s escaped unharmed from the Algerian hostage crisis — and never want him to work in the energy fields there again.