A report out of the New York Times says Egyptians involved in the attack on our Benghazi consulate (officially considered a “mission”) are now dead in the Algerian raid to end the deadly hostage-taking at the BP natural gas plant just 30 miles over the border from three al-Qaeda camps inside Libya. The report does not say how many dead Egyptians were involved in both attacks:
The Egyptians involved in both attacks were killed by Algerian forces during the four-day ordeal that ended in the deaths of at least 38 hostages and 29 kidnappers, the official said. But three of the militants were captured alive, and one of them described the Egyptians’ role in both assaults under interrogation by the Algerian security services, the official said.
If confirmed, the link between two of the most brazen assaults in recent memory would reinforce the transborder character of the jihadist groups now striking across the Sahara. American officials have long warned that the region’s volatile mix of porous borders, turbulent states, weapons and ranks of fighters with similar ideologies creates a dangerous landscape in which extremists are trying to collaborate across vast distances. Source: New York Times