Gen. Carter Ham, the head of the U.S. African command, attends a conference on terrorism in the Sahara in Algiers, Algeria, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. The two-day conference on terrorism in the Sahara was originally expected to focus just on al-Qaida, but has now become inextricably tied up with the civil war in neighboring Libya. (AP Photo)

Gen. Carter Ham, the head of the U.S. African command, attends a conference on terrorism in the Sahara in Algiers, Algeria, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. The two-day conference on terrorism in the Sahara was originally expected to focus just on al-Qaida, but has now become inextricably tied up with the civil war in neighboring Libya. (AP Photo)