The Algeria BP Kidnapping – The Western Media Will Cover For Obama

mali french troopsThere are conflicting reports about the al-Qaeda (AQIM) attack in Algeria about 40 miles West of the Libyan border at a British Petroleum oil and gas operation.   Do not expect the Western U.S. media to share too much factual information about the U.S. Hostages kidnapped as they provide cover for Obama.  Remember, according to the White House al-Qaeda is dead.  This latest attack/kidnapping counters their narrative and becomes an embarrassing risk to the Obama Administration.

What is known is the attack was retaliation against the Algerian government, to pressure and punish them, for their allowing French fighter jets to fly over Algerian airspace en route to attacks in Mali.    The current demands are for free access to take the hostages to Libya.   Any attempts at rescue, and the al-Qaeda operatives have stated they will kill the hostages.  Here are two trustworthy reports (non U.S.).

(Via Long War Journal)  A notorious al Qaeda commander named Mokhtar Belmokhtar has claimed credit for the kidnapping of 41 foreign nations at an BP oil field in eastern Algeria, according to multiple press reports.

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A Frenchman, a Briton, and an Algeria security guard are reported to have beed killed in the initial attack. Seven Americans, five Japanese citizens, and several Europeans are said to be among those who are being held hostage.

According to Reuters, BP said that armed men still occupy the “facilities at the gas field, which produces 9 billion cubic meters of gas a year (160,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day), more than a tenth of [Algeria’s] overall gas output.”

A spokesman for Belmokhtar’s terrorist organization, the al-Mua’qi’oon Biddam (Those who Sign with Blood) Brigade, said the assault and kidnappings were retaliation for the French-led invasion of neighboring Mali.

“Algeria’s participation in the war on the side of France betrays the blood of the Algerian martyrs who fell in the fight against the French occupation,” the spokesman said, according to a translation provided by the SITE Intelligence Group.  (read more)

Scene: The plant is located in Ain Amenas, around 60 miles from the Libyan border and 800 miles from the capital in Algeria's vast desert south

(Via al Aryabia)  Islamist militants attacked a gas field in Algeria on Wednesday, claiming to have kidnapped up to 41 Westerners including seven Americans in a dawn raid in retaliation for France’s military intervention in Mali, according to regional media reports.

A Mauritanian news agency, ANI, said the raiders were commanded by Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a veteran Saharan jihadist and smuggling kingpin. Here are some facts about Belmokhtar.

Linked to a string of kidnappings of foreigners in North Africa in the last decade, Algerian-born Belmokhtar has earned a reputation as one of the most daring and elusive Islamic jihadist leaders operating in one of the remotest corners of the globe – the vast Sahara desert.

“He’s one of the best known warlords of the Sahara,” said Stephen Ellis, an expert on organized crime and professor at the African Studies Centre in Leiden, the Netherlands. He said Belmokhtar had also gained notoriety as a Saharan smuggler, especially of cigarettes.

French intelligence dubbed Belmokhtar “the uncatchable” in 2002.  (read more)

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8 Responses to The Algeria BP Kidnapping – The Western Media Will Cover For Obama

  1. dmoseylou says:

    Yesterday, I posted in the Open and GZ threads that my brother and his family had left Venezuela and were now safe with their family in the US. Today, I will tell you that my brother is an executive with BP. When we first learned of Algeria, all we could do was pray and cry. So grateful to God that ours are home, here, with us. And cry for those who are not. What has been so feared for so long, has begun. Pray without Ceasing.

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  2. Sharon says:

    From the article:

    In the last several years, however, al-Qaida’s influence in the poorly patrolled desert wastes of southern Algeria and northern Mali and Niger has grown and it operates smuggling and kidnapping networks throughout the area. Militant groups that seized control of northern Mali already hold seven French hostages as well as four Algerian diplomats.

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    • canadacan says:

      The phrase what we have feared the most. Strikes a chord. Our government showed weakness at Ben Ghazi. They killed an ambassador with impunity and 3 other American heroes. we have armed these villains and assassins. this is what happens when you show weakness and you have a bunch of college frat boys making policy

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      • canadacan says:

        Every Western Christian nation needs to pray without ceasing. we are referred to as Crusaders that shows you the mindset of the terrorists. What happened 800 years ago is like yesterday to these people. I’m with czar and howie carpet bombing is what we require .Islamic fanaticism is a cancer that feeds on poverty and ignorance absolute cauterization what is needed, we are running out of time. nice guys finish last.

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  3. czarowniczy says:

    My question is why BP, with its ties to the Brit government, didn’t have better intel about the threat to its facilities – that’s standard corporate procedure. Also, there are security agencies in Britain (elsewhere in Europe too for that matter) that hire ex-military special forces just for these kinds of security ops. The threat has been in Algeria for a long time, and it’s been growing for some time, it’s just that with the thinly stretched resources those western nations involved in Iraq and Afghanistan have it’s really difficult to devote them to new areas until the threat becomes large enough to reprioritize. Algeria is a French issue and a lot of intel about it is 2nd-hand from them, we generally leave the African Francophone countries to them as they still have an active interest in them. Various groups form, reform and realign their allegiances and there are so many that the people working them frequently can’t spend a lot of time on all of them, whichever nail pokes up above the board get the attention. I can remember trying to get spun-up on some Takfiri groups in Algeria just a year or so before 9-11, only to be pulled off and having all of my attention focused back on AQ on 9-12. Pre 9-11 some of these Takfiris were condemning OBL as not Muslim enough for their tastes and post 9-11 – well, I have no idea because they were not on our radar any longer, AQ got all of the heat. These guys can form new groups and morph old ones faster than the West can react and we just ain’t got the resources to track everyone. They know that and use it to their advantage, they are not as stupid as prime time TV makes them out to be, so you can expect more surprises in the future. Also watch what the Chinese do to secure their energy and mining sites in Africa – if the press will cover that.

    SITE and MEMRI are excellent open-source sites, I’ve been using them since they opened. They will send yo lots of free stuff on the area if you subscribe, stuff well worth reading and you generally won’t find in the open press. They translate and have people well versed in the subject areas while the MSM largely relies on sources already translated so MEMRI and SITE have excellent and unbiased coverage.

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    • canadacan says:

      Wow the treehouse is so lucky to have your expertise this is really interesting.pp I was thinking just the other day I was the Chinese might do in a situation like this

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Chinese are going to the wall with the Islamics. They are set up in Afghanistan to start exploiting their mineral resources as we pull out – a tip of the old hat to the POtuS over that one. Chinese are having their own internal Muslim problems with native Muslim groups and at some point are going to come face-to-face with not only their old foe India but the Islamics and Pakistan as the stomp around in sub-Asia. India and Pakistan, who dislike each other, are already both looking askance at China as it sits on the glaciers that feed much of the water supply for the area. Truly interesting time to live in.

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