By Julian Pecquet - 02/08/13 05:58 PM EST
The crisis spilled over to neighboring Algeria late last month when Islamists took dozens of people hostage at a natural gas facility and demanded that French forces withdraw. Forty-eight foreign workers, including three Americans, were killed when Algerian forces intervened.
Witnesses at next week's hearing include Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs Amanda Dory. The Obama administration had called for the creation of an African-led force to counter the militant rebels but militants threw that timeline into disarray when they struck the southern part of the country.