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In London, US Defense Secretary Panetta and UK Defence Secretary Hammond refused to criticize the Algerian government's handling of the hostage crisis at In Amenas gas field. Panetta and Hammond said their governments do not intend to send ground troops into Mali but would work with regional partners to defeat Islamist militants. Panetta said the US cannot allow al Qaeda to establish a base of operations anywhere in the world.
Outgoing Defense Secretary Panetta urged NATO to keep "relentless" pressure on al Qaeda and to become more innovative and flexible. Tahawwur Hussain Rana, a Canadian citizen residing in Chicago, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for his roles in the 2008 Mumbai attack and a planned attack in Denmark. Terrorism charges against a young Ft. Lauderdale imam were dismissed; his father, Miami imam Hafiz Khan, faces charges for funneling $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban.
The White House said it had cautioned Algerian officials about the hostage situation at the Algerian gas facility but was not given advance warning of the launch of the rescue attempt. US officials think five to seven Americans were among the hostages. The US deployed a Predator drone over the area, but it did not capture images of the hostages. The White House said it could not confirm whether militants with links to al Qaeda instigated the attack, but that it was trying to find out.
President Obama notified Congress that US warplanes "briefly" entered Somali airspace on Jan. 11 to assist the botched French rescue mission in Somalia. The fighter jets were based out of Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti.