The New York Times quotes Africa Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Rudolph Atallah on the video released by militants who kidnapped thirty-two European citizens in the Algerian desert in 2003: 

“Kidnapping is basically low-hanging fruit,” said Rudolph Atallah, who was the director of African counterterrorism policy for the Pentagon at the time of the kidnapping.


“This video shows, No. 1, the lack of sophistication of the jihadists,” said Mr. Atallah, who reviewed the video. “It also crucially shows that they were ad-libbing. They had never done this before.”

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