Algeria

Site of the Algerian Hostage Crisis, the Tiguentourine Gas Plant Partially Resumes Production

February 24, 2013

“Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal started up one of three gas streams at the plant, which is jointly run by BP, Algeria’s state-owned Sonatrach and Norway’s Statoil, state radio reported.”

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Analysis: Terrorist Group al-Qaeda Shifting to Syria, Iraq, Algeria, and Mali

February 4, 2013

“U.S. officials said the terrorist network’s core in Pakistan and its ability to carry out large-scale attacks in the United States have been all but demolished, leading to a shift in focus to emerging threats elsewhere.”

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Islamist Militants Attack an Oil Pipeline in Algeria, Killing 2 Guards and Injuring 7 Others

January 28, 2013

“The Djebahia region, some 70 km east of the capital, is a stronghold of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) which earlier this month killed 37 foreigners at a gas plant in the south, and is where its leader Abdelmalek Droukdel is believed to be based, the source said.”

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Canadian Police Travel to Algeria to Investigate Site of the Hostage Situation

January 25, 2013

“One of the European sources said multiple survivors of the incident reported one of the militants spoke English with either an English or North American accent.”

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Russia: Mali Rebels Are The Same Militants That Western Countries Armed in Libya

January 24, 2013

“An Islamist alliance of al Qaeda’s North African wing AQIM and home-grown Malian groups captured northern Mali last year, armed with weapons seized from Libya after the fall of Gaddafi.”

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Head of Libya’s Petroleum Faculty Guard: Oil Protection Force Strengthened Near the Algerian Border

January 24, 2013

“In an interview with Reuters, Colonel Ali Elahrash, head of Libya’s Petroleum Faculty Guard, said men from the Western Mountain town of Zintan had been sent in as reinforcements to boost border security as well to oilfields in the area.”

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Gas Facility Operators at the Hostage Site in Algeria Didn’t Have Armed Guards Inside the Complex

January 23, 2013

“The operators of the gas facility — a joint venture by BP, the Norwegian company Statoil and the Algerian national oil company Sonatrach — decided to rely solely on the many Algerian gendarmes and soldiers who patrolled the In Amenas area.”

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Video Recordings Offer Insight Into Algeria Hostage Situation

January 23, 2013

“Most of the on-scene videos seem to have been recorded by Algerian hostages, who were reportedly separated from their foreign colleagues at the outset of the terrorist attack.”

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Report: Deceased Leader of Algerian Kidnappers Once Bragged Loose Weapons Coming From Libya

January 23, 2013

“Several major Algerian news outlets, including the state-run Numidia News, reported that the militants crossed into Algeria from the Libyan border just 50 miles to the east, drove vehicles with Libyan license plates and dressed in Libyan military uniforms to attack the BP joint venture facility outside In Amenas, Algeria.”

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Algerian Forces Search Desert for 5 Missing Foreign Hostages

January 22, 2013

“Algerian forces are scouring the Sahara desert for five foreigners missing since Islamist militants attacked a remote natural gas plant, an official said Tuesday.”

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Egypt President Morsi Opposes French Intervention in Mali

January 22, 2013

“”I would like to confirm that we do not agree, ever, to military intervention in Mali because this would inflame the conflict in this region,” Mursi said.”

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3 American Hostages Killed in Algeria Identified as Frederick Buttaccio, Victor Lovelady, and Gordon Lee Rowan

January 22, 2013

“Nuland said seven U.S. citizens survived the attack. Buttaccio and Lovelady were identified as Houston residents, according to the Associated Press. A hometown for Rowan was not released.”

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Russia Strongly Condemns the Algerian Hostage Terrorist Incident

January 22, 2013

“The Russian Foreign Ministry also offers condolences to the near and dear of the killed hostages and Algerian law enforcement body officers.”

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Support for al-Qaeda’s North Africa Branch Vastly Increases Following Algeria Hostage Crisis

January 22, 2013

“U.S. officials and terrorism analysts are pointing to last week’s hostage drama in eastern Algeria as a turning point for the al-Qaeda offshoot, boosting its credibility while marking its transition from a predominantly Algeria-focused organization to a true multinational threat.”

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Inside Job: At Least 2 Current or Former Employees at the BP Oil Plant Were Kidnappers

January 22, 2013

“The hostage-taking at a remote Algerian gas plant was carried out by 30 militants from across the northern swath of Africa and two from Canada, authorities said.”

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