Leon Panetta Condemns 'Terrorism' in Algeria: Exclusive

Secretary of Defense speaks with ABC News' Martha Raddatz.
1:08 | 01/17/13

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Transcript for Leon Panetta Condemns 'Terrorism' in Algeria: Exclusive
I want to start with Algeria and some of the statements you've made make it look like you are the US is weighing options on what to do. With that hostage situation. Well there's no question that. Win this kind of terrorist act takes place. And involves. Hostages who have some whom. Our American. That's a serious matter we're looking -- All of the necessary steps that. That we need to take in order to deal with the situation but do you believe they're being held by it. Al-Qaeda affiliated. Militants I don't think there's any question that based on what we do you know that this was city terrorist act and that the terrorists. Have affiliation with al-Qaeda and and and do you believe this has something to do. With Molly and the actions the French -- actions taking place. -- when you're dealing with. With affiliates of al-Qaeda. That -- terrorists. And they will do terrorist acts and that's what they've done here.

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