It was also interesting to read the details of their detention.
Where they went, how they were treated, what they ate, who the hidnappers were, how they communicated, how they spent their days.
When they went north to make cell phone calls, that would have been near Tin Zahouatine probably? Or are there öther places near the Algerian border where they could have reception?
It may prove cheaper for the Western governments to go after MBM and finish AQIM off, rather then paying further ransoms and/or having their citizens beheaded. Perhaps Edwin Dyer's fate will make it politically feasible and was in that case a mistake by the AQIM.
Fowler indicated quite clearly that he thought the Niger president Tandja was behind the kidnapping.