Algeria

British Prime Minister David Cameron Postpones Tomorrow’s Europe Speech Due to the Algerian Hostage Crisis

January 17, 2013

“The Prime Minister also said that Britain should be “prepared for the possibility of further bad news.”"

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U.S. State Department: Some Hostages in Algeria Fitted with Explosive-Laden Vests

January 17, 2013

“It is not clear whether the hostage-takers wore the suicide vests when they staged the action, but they did put them on some of the hostages, another U.S. official said.”

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Report: Algerian Kidnappers Demand Safe Passage to Libya; Algerian Government Denies Request

January 17, 2013

“Locals cited by APS said the army freed about 600 Algerian workers. Thirty Algerian workers escaped, and they were recovered by helicopters flying over the site.”

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French Defense Minister Expressed “Total Confidence” the Algerian Government to Resolve the Hostage Situation

January 17, 2013

“France has total confidence in the Algerian government to resolve a standoff at a desert gas facility where dozens of Western and Algerian hostages are being held, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday.”

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Northern Irish Man and Two Scots Freed by Kidnappers in Algeria

January 17, 2013

“The family of 36-year-old Stephen McFaul, from west Belfast, told the BBC he had been freed and was safe.”

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White House “Strongly Condemns” “Terrorist Attack” at a BP Oil Facility in Algeria

January 17, 2013

“The White House has said it strongly condemns the “terrorist attack” at a gas facility in Algeria, and it is in touch with BP officials in London.”

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White House: U.S. Still Trying To Confirm Who is Behind the Kidnapping in Algeria

January 17, 2013

‘White House spokesman Jay Carney said claims of responsibility for the hostage taking could not be confirmed and the US is trying to find out who is behind it.”

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French President Hollande: Algerian Hostage Crisis Shows that French Intervention in Mali is “Justified”

January 17, 2013

“Hollande said that events seemed to have taken a “dramatic” turn at the remote desert gas plant but he did not yet have enough information to allow a proper assessment of the situation.”

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Japan Urges Algerian Government to Halt its Hostage Rescue Operation “Immediately”

January 17, 2013

“Japan, who have hostages involved in the situation, have urged Algeria to halt the operation “immediately”.”

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White House: U.S. Seeking Clarity from the Algerian Government on the Hostage Crisis Situation

January 17, 2013

“Jay Carney, the White House spokesman has told the US press corp America is seeking clarity from the Algerian government at this time and they are monitoring the Algerian situation closely. US citizens are among the hostages.”

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Report: Algerian Government Hostage Rescue Attempt Frees 4 Hostages — 2 Brits, 1 Kenyan, and 1 French

January 17, 2013

“The report also said there are a number of casualties from the operation, but the exact number is not yet known. CNN could not independently confirm the report.”

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Report: Leader of Algerian Kidnappers Killed in Attempted Rescue Attempt

January 17, 2013

“Al Akhbar is now claiming that Abu Bara, leader of the group holding the hostages is among the dead.”

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U.S. Official: Any Rescue Attempt in Algeria Would Require Permission from the Algerian Government

January 17, 2013

“Algerian troops fired on two SUVs trying to leave the kidnapping site, Algerian radio said, citing local sources. An Algerian reporter saw heavy clashes near the site, APS and radio reports said.”

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U.S. Official: Too Early For Us To Do Anything In Algeria

January 17, 2013

“Some of the foreigners taken hostage by Islamist militants at an Algerian gas plant have been freed in an operation by the Algerian army, the country’s state-run news agency reported Thursday, but there are reports of casualties.”

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Report: Algerian Remaining Hostages – One Britain, Two Americans, Three Belgians, and One Japanese

January 17, 2013

“ANI now says that one of the kidnappers has told them the remaining Western hostages include one Brit, two Americans, three Belgians and one Japanese.”

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