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Initial criticism of the Algerian army’s intervention to put an end to the hostage crisis In Amenas “appears to have died down because no country is ready to compromise relations with Algiers for a handful of hostages,” remarks the daily. Only Japan has been openly critical. However, as Trouw points out, France is using Algerian airspace to conduct its war in Mali, Obama needs Algiers for the fight against terrorism, and more generally, most of the countries who had citizens taken hostage have important oil and gas interests in Algeria.