US mulls putting Belmokhtar on ‘kill’ list

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SummarySenior members US President Barack Obama’s administration want to put the mastermind of last month’s attack on an Algerian natural-gas facility on a secret “kill” list.

Senior members US President Barack Obama’s administration want to put the mastermind of last month’s attack on an Algerian natural-gas facility on a secret “kill” list.

Adding Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar to a US list for targeted killing would entail a significant US military expansion into northwestern Africa, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday, citing unnamed US officials. It would mean extending drone strikes and other operations there.

Thirty-seven foreign hostages, including three Americans, were killed when gunmen last month stormed the In Amenas gas plant and the Algerian army launched a military assault in response.

The push to target Belmokhtar is being led by US military and intelligence officials, Journal stated.

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