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US Confirms Americans Taken After Algeria Attack (SecDef Panetta: "Terrorist Attack"
AP via U.S. News ^ | Wednesday, January 16, 2013 | Bradley Klapper

Posted on 01/16/2013 10:47:03 AM PST by kristinn

The Obama administration is condemning an Islamist attack on a natural gas field in southern Algeria and confirming that Americans are among those being held hostage.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters in Italy that Americans were among the hostages and called the incident a "terrorist attack."

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1 posted on 01/16/2013 10:47:14 AM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

I hope Obama will get around to issuing an executive order disarming terrorists soon. I’ve heard that will solve the problem.


2 posted on 01/16/2013 10:49:18 AM PST by Pollster1
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To: kristinn

I sure hope Obamalamadingdong sends a strongly worded letter all in CAPS to protest this outrage.


3 posted on 01/16/2013 10:49:55 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: kristinn

It speaks volumes that the terrorists know they can do this without the U.S. unleashing the dogs of war upon them.


4 posted on 01/16/2013 10:51:12 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: kristinn

Any youtube videos recently?


5 posted on 01/16/2013 10:51:35 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: kristinn

This nonsense will continue until the West deals with the Saudi source. The Wahibbi fundamentalist radicals who operate freely in Saudi Arabia are funding and motivating the world wide Islamic terror wave. The decadent royal Saudi family is terrified of them and the radicals do not bother them as long as they get funded and are allowed to operate.


6 posted on 01/16/2013 10:56:29 AM PST by allendale
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To: showme_the_Glory

Ya, maybe it was a “movie” that caused “protests?” We sure are in good hands...I’d rather follow Moe, Larry, and Curly in to battle than this bunch of slugs!


8 posted on 01/16/2013 10:57:10 AM PST by donozark (BEWARE THE IMPOSTER FROM MOMBASA!)
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To: All
Thirteen Norwegians also reported kidnapped.
9 posted on 01/16/2013 10:57:32 AM PST by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: kristinn

Ah yes, a hostage situation for Obama to negotiate the release of someone such as the blind Sheik, whatever, whomever, and become a hero albeit belatedly...after the election, but still at a time he needs some buttressing of his approval numbers.

I despise cynicism, but it’s the results of too many years of them.


10 posted on 01/16/2013 10:59:45 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: kristinn

Gee, and here I thought Al Qaeda was on the run...


11 posted on 01/16/2013 11:00:25 AM PST by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: kristinn; tx_eggman

In this case, I would disagree with the “terrorist” designation. Was it not carried out by enemy combatants in an active war zone? That is enemy hostilities.


12 posted on 01/16/2013 11:01:07 AM PST by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: kristinn
Who is the president? The One? Well then, this doesn't matter. Benghazi was only 4. This is only 8. Really, who cares? / By the way, I had a discussion with a neighbor who voted Obama. He didn't say it in so many words, but his point was, Benghazi was only 4 people, no big deal, didn't matter. That is what we're dealing with.
13 posted on 01/16/2013 11:02:13 AM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: All
More via AFP:

SNIP

The attack near the In Amenas gas field in southern Algeria appears to be the first reprisal against Western interests for a French-backed offensive against jihadists in neighboring Mali.

Algeria's APS news agency gave a toll of two people killed, including a Briton, and six injured in the dawn attack by suspected Al-Qaeda loyalists in Tigantourine.

A spokesman for the Islamists said the group was holding 41 foreigners hostage, including seven Americans, after the attack.

"Forty-one Westerners including seven Americans, French, British and Japanese citizens have been taken hostage," the spokesman told the Mauritanian News Agency as well as Sahara Media.

He said five of the hostages were being held at the gas plant, while the others were in a housing complex on the site.

SNIP

14 posted on 01/16/2013 11:02:44 AM PST by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: SpinnerWebb
Was it not carried out by enemy combatants in an active war zone?

Which army seized the facility? Since when is this an "active war zone"?

15 posted on 01/16/2013 11:05:52 AM PST by wideawake
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To: kristinn
State Department also calls "terrorist attack":

A number of Americans are among 41 hostages seized by militants at a gas field in Algeria, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland confirmed on Wednesday, while declining to give the names, number or other details about those U.S. nationals "in order to protect their safety."

The hostage situation, described as a "terrorist attack" by Nuland, was unfolding at a gas operation in Amenas — a joint venture including oil giant BP, Norwegian oil firm Statoil and Algerian state company Sonatrach.

"The majority of those held are Algerian nationals," a senior U.S. official said earlier. Reuters also said that the number of U.S. citizens involved was 7, but Nuland declined to confirm the details.

SNIP

16 posted on 01/16/2013 11:06:29 AM PST by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: wideawake

I stand a bit corrected, as the engagement between the French and the islamists are just across the border, in Mali. Looks like they have just broadened the battlefield into Algeria.


17 posted on 01/16/2013 11:09:28 AM PST by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: kristinn

I imagine there will be a trade coming soon. The seven Americans for the Blind Sheikh.

See how easy it is? Even Obama could do it!


18 posted on 01/16/2013 11:10:07 AM PST by dforest
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To: SpinnerWebb

19 posted on 01/16/2013 11:11:07 AM PST by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: kristinn

Your on your own boys!


20 posted on 01/16/2013 11:11:41 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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Click this link for continuing updates via the UK Telegraph.

Latest: The hostage takers in Algeria are demanding the release of 100 Islamist prisoners, who should be taken they say to the northern Mali border, according to a worker present at the gas plant. SNIP

21 posted on 01/16/2013 11:12:08 AM PST by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: kristinn

Don’t worry, Obama will trade the Blind Sheik and all the other Islamist prisoners for the Americans. Obama has been hoping for the opportunity to offer a prisoner exchange after the Benghazi plan didn’t work out so well. This time, they planned to take big bad oil workers instead of an ambassador in case it doesn’t turn out so well.


22 posted on 01/16/2013 11:12:41 AM PST by Eva
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To: kristinn
"Leon Panetta told reporters in Italy that Americans were among the hostages and called the incident a "terrorist attack.""

Dude, it's another outbreak of JIHAD.

23 posted on 01/16/2013 11:16:08 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: kristinn

bump


24 posted on 01/16/2013 11:18:14 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: dforest
The terrorists in this incident do not care about Abdel-Rahman.

They have their own allies and leaders being held by the Malian Army and the French special forces.

25 posted on 01/16/2013 11:19:06 AM PST by wideawake
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To: kristinn

“terrorist attack”

Workplace violence? Man-made disaster?


26 posted on 01/16/2013 11:19:11 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: allendale

Imagine how better the world would have been if the British backed the Hashemites instead of the Saudis.

Instead of these back-biting jihadi enablers we’d have a pragmatic ruler like Abdullah II of Jordan as king.


27 posted on 01/16/2013 11:21:16 AM PST by Shadow44
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To: kristinn

Gee, i wonder if there is going to be a Prisoner Exchange involving the Blind Sheik????

Gee, I wonder....


28 posted on 01/16/2013 11:21:38 AM PST by GraceG
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To: wideawake

What? Did they tell ya that? Obama will add the Blind Sheikh into the deal.


29 posted on 01/16/2013 11:22:06 AM PST by dforest
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To: kristinn

We aren’t supposed to use the word “terrorism” anymore. This was a man caused disaster. Also, “islamist” is iffy too because it hurts their feelings.


30 posted on 01/16/2013 11:24:09 AM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: kristinn; SpinnerWebb
Good, informative posts guys.

For those who want to understand the different factions:

The MNLA are ethnic Tuareg Islamic militants who consider the northern half of Mali to be a separate Tuareg country called Azawad. They are fighting for a separate nation state.

Ansar Dine are ethnic Tuareg Islamic militants who want all of Mali to remain united and to transform it into a Muslim theocratic state run by Tuaregs. Their leaders are dissidents from the MNLA.

AQIM are ethnic Arab Islamic militants who want all of Mali to remain united and to transform it into a Muslim theocratic state run by Arabs.

MUJWA are ethnically black (the Mande peoples) Islamic militants who want all of Mali to remain united and to transform it into a Muslim theocratic state run by Mande people and to expel the Arabs. Their leaders are dissidents who left AQIM.

The government of Mali is a majority Mande secular republic allied with France and part of La Francophonie (somewhat like the UK's Commonwealth).

31 posted on 01/16/2013 11:30:54 AM PST by wideawake
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To: dforest
What? Did they tell ya that? Obama will add the Blind Sheikh into the deal.

That makes pretty close to zero sense.

It's a political firestorm for Obama that he does not need, and on which he will be legally challenged.

Moreover, what is going on in Mali has no direct connection to Egypt.

Again, why would this group put themselves out for an Egyptian government that has refused to help them? And which has no interest into starting a war with Algeria over Mali?

For Obama to introduce some ridiculous favor for Egypt - which is not even a party to this conflict - and introduce this randomly into a separate conflict, has no logic to it.

32 posted on 01/16/2013 11:38:30 AM PST by wideawake
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To: wideawake

But Obambi could still urge his buddy “Jews are pigs and apes Morsi” to mediate the crisis, in exchange for the Sheik.


33 posted on 01/16/2013 11:42:09 AM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: wideawake

Oh come on, when has anybody or anyone stopped Obama? Today should have been a political firestorm. He does not care. The media will lie for him.


34 posted on 01/16/2013 11:42:22 AM PST by dforest
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To: dforest
“See how easy it is? Even Obama could do it!”

Maybe he did...???

35 posted on 01/16/2013 11:45:33 AM PST by unread
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To: wideawake

Is this faction against faction or are they all fighting against secular govt?


36 posted on 01/16/2013 11:47:28 AM PST by GQuagmire
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To: kristinn

Algeria?


37 posted on 01/16/2013 11:47:48 AM PST by ichabod1 (Spriiingtime for islam, and tyranny. Winter for US and frieeends. . .)
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To: kristinn

panetta and zer0 work for the terrorists. Wonder when there will be calls to disarm the terrorists?


38 posted on 01/16/2013 12:04:28 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: kristinn

anyone noticed that ore Americans are being taken all over the world in these last couple of years, now if we had a non biased non corrupt media obama would be swept out of office with all this crap going on.


39 posted on 01/16/2013 12:05:43 PM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: kristinn

Praying for the hostages quick and safe release.
Thanks for adding this info.


40 posted on 01/16/2013 12:07:09 PM PST by jag.drafting
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To: kristinn

anyone noticed that ore Americans are being taken all over the world in these last couple of years, now if we had a non biased non corrupt media obama would be swept out of office with all this crap going on.

obama made a fool of himself and this country by appeasing to muslims America is looking weak and just think about it.

WE STILL DO NOT KNOW EHRE OBAMA WAS WHEN THE ATTACK HAPPENED IN LIBYA

Did he watch the attack live time in the sit room?

who gace that order to stand down?

This is months later and FRIGGING NOTHING FROM THE MEDIA, THE GOP AND THE WHITE HOUSE.


41 posted on 01/16/2013 12:07:09 PM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: brownsfan

Powell basically said the 4 shoudl not have been there and it was their fault.

We do not know where obama was during these attacks, did he go to sleep knowing the attacks were taking place?

Months later and we have no answers, the culprits are still out there, we are a laughing stoick since this muppett went over there and appeased them in his speeches.


42 posted on 01/16/2013 12:09:28 PM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: GQuagmire
The MNLA and Ansar Dine fight each other.

Ansar Dine and AQIM are provisionally allied.

MUJWA and AQIM fight each other sometimes and have a truce sometimes.

MUJWA and Ansar Dine have connections to one another and seem to work together sometimes.

What seems to happen is that when one of these groups conquer a town, they will fight anyone else who tries to take it, but they will sometimes ally themselves with another group that is fighting the government over a disputed territory.

They are all enemies of the government.

43 posted on 01/16/2013 12:13:55 PM PST by wideawake
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To: kristinn; All

I hope the Americans are not former military because they might end up line Jon Hammar.

At least .. that was my conclusion to the incident - Jon was ignored because he was MILITARY. Obama hates the military.


44 posted on 01/16/2013 12:21:51 PM PST by CyberAnt ("America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth".)
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To: wideawake

Sounds messy. Thanks for the info


45 posted on 01/16/2013 12:25:29 PM PST by GQuagmire
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To: kristinn

I can see why Panetta asked the Pope to pray for him a few days ago. He’s not a bright man amd was a Clinton stooge, but I think he’s pretty pro-American. That’s why Bambi picked him...to hang him out to dry.


46 posted on 01/16/2013 12:51:47 PM PST by livius
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Quick someone find an unelected official to publicly announce he's been cheating on his wife so we can get this out of the news.

I need to start investing in companies that make easy to fall on swords.

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