In a statement, President Obama said, "Today, the thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the families of all those who were killed and injured in the terrorist attack in Algeria. The blame for this tragedy rests with the terrorists who carried it out, and the United States condemns their actions in the strongest possible terms. ... This attack is another reminder of the threat posed by al Qaeda and other violent extremist groups in North Africa."
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee told ABC News today the U.S. knew some kind of attack was coming from Belmokhtar's Mali-based group, which goes by various names, including the Masked Brigade.
Said Rep. Mike Rogers, R.-Michigan, "We didn't know for sure, for certain it would be this particular place under those circumstances, but we knew that they were trying to find a Western target."