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Second raid underway to free foreign workers at Algerian gas facility
Examiner ^ | January 18, 2013 | Joseph Phares

Posted on 01/18/2013 12:44:51 PM PST by JerseyanExile

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In an effort to conclude the hostage crisis at the Tigantourine gas facility near In Amenas, Algeria, special forces from the Algerian government have begun a second offensive against the Masked Brigade, the terrorists led by Mokhtar Belmokhtar. Al-Jazeera reported that the renewed rescue effort was launched as the Algerian state media reported that more than 650 hostages were free, but 30 foreigners were still unaccounted for. The Algerian Press Service (APS) reported that the count of foreign hostages prior to the first raid was 132, which conflicted greatly with initial reports of 41. The terrorists threatened to kill the gas workers if forces moved against them, yet reports made to the Agence Nouakchott d’Information (ANI), indicated that they still held hostages after the initial raid by the Algerian government. Two of the hostages, claimed to be American, have been offered as a swap for U.S. held terrorists: Egyptian Omar Abdel-Rahman, the mastermind behind the 911 attacks also known as the "blind sheikh", and Aafia Siddiqui from Pakistan.

The motivation behind the hostage taking by the Masked Brigade, also known as the Undersigned in Blood Battalion, was stated to be the French military involvement in northern Mali, which is where the group originated from. The Algerian government, however, rebuked any demands and responded by sending the People’s National Army, or ANP, with no assistance or consultation from foreign governments.

"No negotiation, no blackmail and no respite," declared the Algerian Communication Minister Mohammed Said during a Canal Algerie TV news report on Thursday. "They will not shake Algeria’s determination and we must remain vigilant." Said indicated that time was a critical factor in deciding to launch the assault.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: africa; algeria; waronterror

1 posted on 01/18/2013 12:44:57 PM PST by JerseyanExile
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To: JerseyanExile

“I know, let’s tell the badguys when we’re doing stuff!”


2 posted on 01/18/2013 12:46:58 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Darksheare

The White House already knows.....wait the other bad guys.;)


3 posted on 01/18/2013 12:53:59 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: JerseyanExile
hellary had suggested the area be declared a gun free zone. panetta had suggested the hostages be killed. The won took it all into consideration and did nothing. Went to suck his thumb in a corner.
4 posted on 01/18/2013 12:54:53 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: ColdOne

LOL!

“Duuuh, let’s arm the muslims and release the blind shiek!” -Obama.


5 posted on 01/18/2013 12:55:56 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: JerseyanExile

I guess when you don’t kill all of the hostages in the first raid try it again...


6 posted on 01/18/2013 1:16:28 PM PST by TSgt (Infringe upon my 2nd Amendment rights and learn how to speed read at 3000 feet per second...)
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To: JerseyanExile

“No negotiation, no blackmail and no respite,”

I feel terrible for the hostages and their families, but this is the way it shlould be done.


7 posted on 01/18/2013 1:28:28 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Lurker

In most cases, I would be against any sort of negotiation, but I would be willing to give them Obama in exchange.


8 posted on 01/18/2013 1:32:55 PM PST by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: JerseyanExile

The first confirmation of an American death is being reported: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/01/18/algeria-hostage-crisis/1844217/


9 posted on 01/18/2013 1:35:58 PM PST by rickyrikardo
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To: JerseyanExile

Where the heck is the American rescue team?
Hillary is offering her condolences to the families.
Not a word out of Odumbo’s office. WTF?


10 posted on 01/18/2013 1:49:36 PM PST by Fireone (Impeach and imprison, NOW! Treason and murder are still crimes.)
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To: Fireone
Where the heck is the American rescue team?

Haven't you heard, we have a *Stand Down* president.

11 posted on 01/18/2013 1:54:33 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: TSgt

Maybe they could subcontract the rescue to the Peruvian special forces.


12 posted on 01/18/2013 2:00:33 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: The Cajun

We sure do! Sad!


13 posted on 01/18/2013 2:02:02 PM PST by Fireone (Impeach and imprison, NOW! Treason and murder are still crimes.)
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To: The Cajun

Yes, and our enemies have certainly gotten the message.
But that’s ok, because the “Stand Down” president doesn’t really consider them enemies.

Any enemy of the US is a friend of his.


14 posted on 01/18/2013 2:14:53 PM PST by livius
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To: JerseyanExile

Keystone Cops will get it done


15 posted on 01/18/2013 2:23:38 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

maybe if O offered front row seats to his coronation to the hostage taking ‘militants’.


16 posted on 01/18/2013 4:17:25 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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17 posted on 01/18/2013 4:35:53 PM PST by RedMDer (HEY LIBS! GUN FREE ZONE T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE NOW. I DARE YA!)
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To: rickyrikardo

I have to question the reasoning of any American that remains in an area with pitiful security surrounded by islamoscum.


18 posted on 01/18/2013 5:47:12 PM PST by soycd
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To: soycd
That's only the start of the problem. I lived in France for a couple of years and have talked to many Algerians and ex-Algerians of all types. Here's the situation in a nutshell -- the militant Islamist rebel forces in Algeria are heavily penetrated by the agents of the Algerian state intelligence agency. In fact, penetration is putting it mildly; often, the entire effective leadership of these groups is directed by the secret police (an agency usually known by its French initials DRS).

The standard strategy of the DRS is to lead the rebels into fanatical murderous attacks that cause them to lose popularity with the Algerian masses. It's the Soviet method of penetration and provocation, used by the KGB in places like Chechnya.

The Algerian ruling elite is formed largely of army generals who were originally trained by the French, and fought with the French in the Algerian civil war of the 1950s and 60s until it became clear that De Gaulle was going to pull out -- at which point they crossed over to the rebel side. They and their families generally speak French among themselves, send their children to school in France, and have little in common with most Algerians.

The Algerian state is largely funded by resource revenues extracted by foreign companies, mostly French. Lots of these revenues go straight into the bank accounts of the Algerian elite. So, connect the dots. This "rebel attack" on the gas plant is probably led by agents of the DRS. Its root cause is likely a struggle for money among factions of the Algerian ruling group. This situation is well understood by people familiar with Algeria, and it's frequently discussed in French-language media, but don't hold your breath waiting for American news to tell you about it.

19 posted on 01/18/2013 6:41:48 PM PST by TheMole
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To: JerseyanExile; no-to-illegals; FARS; All

Here is another detailed story on the attack. Lots more eyewitness accounts of cold blooded murder of hostages.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/18/algeria-hostage-crisis—6_n_2502057.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=011813&utm_medium=email&utm_content=FeatureTitle&utm_term=Daily%20Brief


20 posted on 01/18/2013 7:52:27 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: Sherman Logan

Are they any good?/s;)


21 posted on 01/18/2013 8:53:11 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: gleeaikin
Lots more eyewitness accounts of cold blooded murder of hostages.

Late breaking update ... panetta said he is grateful his plan was the one the won decided upon. hellary has made another appointment to fall down, fake a faint, and claim she cannot get up. obama has decided his work is done at this location, and has been overheard to ask valerie to setup another crisis. valerie is claiming, this is easy when you have connections to moslem extremists and iran. huma called her brother and mom.

22 posted on 01/19/2013 1:59:54 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: no-to-illegals

,,, most recently 11 bad guys killed that 792 virgins, anyone have the total virgin count ?


23 posted on 01/19/2013 6:19:27 AM PST by Einherjar (What are they gonna do, cut my hair off and send me to Nam ?)
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To: no-to-illegals

:: hellary has made another appointment to fall down, fake a faint, and claim she cannot get up. ::

What? ^More^ plastic surgery?


24 posted on 01/19/2013 8:46:46 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Bread and Circuses; Everyone to the Coliseum!)
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To: Lurker

Except they probably didn’t follow our advice from a previous thread, and bury them pointing downwards in a pit full of pig s@#$, oriented so that when the line of head-pointing passes the earth’s core, they’d be facing towards Hollywood.

But dead is dead. They’ll still have 72 virgins resembling Janet Reno, Hillary Clinton, hideous Helen, etc., and boys like pearls who look like John Goodman, Popeye, Bluto, Don Knots, Steve Erkle, etc.


25 posted on 01/19/2013 2:30:25 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Hieronymus

I think they tried that, but they slammed down the phone in indignation.


26 posted on 01/19/2013 2:32:09 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: no-to-illegals; All

Apparently the Algerian government is not fond of the US or other foreign governments, and we were not involved and our and other countries’ offers of help were rejected. Any mistakes made were strictly by the Algerians.


27 posted on 01/19/2013 5:26:16 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: TheMole; All

I had not read this post when I made my Comment #27, but it is consistent with what I said. Elites wherever they come to power don’t relish outside interference, especially ours. For all we know, this could have been a negotiating ploy to up the ante of payments by the oil companies working this plant. At any rate, I doubt they would have wanted our involvement.

This comment speaks of the “Soviet method of penetration and provocation, used by the KGB.” For example I always thought that some of those “terrorist” attacks, like in Chechnya or the Moscow theater had an unnecessarily high loss of life, and there was a major apartment building explosion that I always suspected was caused by Putin for his own power purposes. Later read knowledgeable US reports suspecting the same.


28 posted on 01/19/2013 11:21:58 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: gleeaikin
we were not involved

most of us did not want to be involved but must add ....
please reference Libya.

29 posted on 01/20/2013 5:54:05 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

yep Cletus. Am thinking it may be best to arm the plastic surgeon and everyone having to go through this experience in the operating room with little kitty bubble guns. Protection from hellary must be maintained while hellary be under the influence.


30 posted on 01/20/2013 6:10:29 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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