US Officials Confirm Americans Among Those Held Hostage by Al Qaeda-Linked Group in Algeria

**Mokhtar Belmokhtar aka Mr Marlboro aka One eyed bitch

At least 3 Americans, maybe more.

Dear Obama, Al Qaeda is not decimated nor are they on the run!

U.S. officials have confirmed that Americans are among the hostages held following an attack by al Qaeda-linked insurgents on a BP joint-venture natural gas field in Algeria.

A senior intelligence official told ABC News that it currently appears three U.S. citizens are being held. However, the official cautioned that the numbers can change as can the overall number of hostages.

While the total number of hostages remains unclear, a number of reports have said as many as 41 hostages were being held. An official at BP told ABC News that there are approximately 700 local staff and contractors at the facility and 20 international BP staff and contractors at the In Amenas gas field in eastern central Libya.

In a briefing, State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland condemned the attacks and confirmed that U.S. citizens are among the hostages.

"In order to protect their safety," said Nuland, "I'm not going to get into numbers, I'm not going to get into names, I'm not going to get into any further details as we continue to work on this situation with Algerian authorities and also their employers."[...]

Al Qaeda linked militants called the Khaled Abu al-Abbas Brigade claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was retaliation for Algeria letting French jets use its airspace during its ongoing military operations in Mali. The news agency Agence France Presse (AFP) said it had received a telephone call from a person or persons who described themselves as hostage takers, and said, "We are members of al-Qaeda and we came from northern Mali. We belong to the Khaled Abul Abbas Brigade led by **Mokhtar Belmokhtar."

Last fall, Mokhtar Belmokhtar broke away from AQIM, the North African wing of al Qaeda, after other militants questioned his possible connection to weapons and drug smuggling, but remains affiliated with al Qaeda. He announced the formation of his new group in a video released on the web in December. [More...]

Prayers for their quick release, unharmed. NO payoff, released...period.

Al Qaeda Linked Group From Mali Claim They Are Holding 7 Americans, Among Others..After Taking Control Of Algerian Gas Field

Posted by: Stable Hand at 04:25 PM


1 Bad juju...

Posted by: The Sanity Inspector at January 16, 2013 04:59 PM

2 No ransom, hostages released, kidnappers dead.

Posted by: Mark at January 16, 2013 06:51 PM

3 yay. Another chance for King Bones to trade the blind sheik for a bunch of sodomized, traumatized american hostages. if they're lucky.

Posted by: Calypso Jones at January 16, 2013 07:39 PM

4 The regime cares not for BP, the violaters of the Gulf.

Posted by: EROWMER at January 16, 2013 08:15 PM

5 In fact, BP is one of the largest supporters of "the regime"
The gulf fine will be negotiated down, and the moratorium on new drilling ensured that BP's competitors took a big hit as well.

Posted by: cloaked in mystery at January 16, 2013 11:32 PM

6 The BP fine is equal to the profits made in 3 months, and of course is tax deductible.

Posted by: occam at January 17, 2013 10:58 AM

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