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The Tigantourine crisis is over, but new ones await Algeria

The murder of oil workers in Algeria was a shocking, barbarous act. The dead men at the Tigantourine wet-gas complex, near In Amenas, were not politicians or soldiers. They were innocent oilmen doing their job. That they are now targets of terrorists in the Sahel opens a disturbing new chapter for the oil industry in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena), with serious ramifications for the region's governments and investors alike.

The most surprising thing about the tragedy in the Sahara was that it happened in Algeria. Its government fought a brutal civil war in the 1990s to quash Islamists. Algeria's armed forces were as ruthless as their enemy: 200,000 people perished. More recently, Algeria's rulers appeared impervious to the upheavals elsewhere in Mena.  Some were also surprised by the target. During the civil war, energy infrastructure was left largely untouched; recognition by both sides that oil and gas were their country's lifeblood. The same was largely true next door, where Libya's oil and gas industry survived relatively unscathed as the civil war shattered much else.  But the attack on the Tigantourine c

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