Al-Qaeda Terrorists have attacked a British Petroleum Natural Gas facility in Algeria and taken dozens of foreigners hostage – including some Americans. Some reports indicate 7 Americans were captured, but other reports put the confirmed number at three:
CBS NEWS: Algeria’s government searched desperately Thursday for a way to end the desert standoff with Islamic militants who have taken dozens of foreigners hostage at a natural gas complex, as the purported militants behind the attack accused Alergian forces of wounding some of the captives.
One Algerian security official told the Associated Press on Thursday that 20 foreigners had managed to escape, including some Americans and Europeans, but the report could not be immediately confirmed.
CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan reports the State Department has only confirmed that three Americans are among those taken hostage, and that 10 in total worked at the facility.
The government was in talks throughout the night with the U.S. and France over whether international forces could help against the militants, who have said 41 foreigners, including seven Americans, were being held after the assault on one of oil-rich Algeria’s energy facilities, 800 miles from the capital of Algiers. Two foreigners, one of them a Briton, were killed. . . .
The group claiming responsibility — called Katibat Moulathamine or the Masked Brigade — said the attack Wednesday was in revenge for Algeria’s support of France’s military operation against al Qaeda-linked rebels in neighboring Mali. Militants phoned a Mauritanian news outlet to say one of its affiliates had carried out the operation at the Ain Amenas gas field, and that France should end its intervention in Mali to ensure the safety of the hostages. . . . Read More
UPDATED 1/17/13, 8:32 AM ET: Reuters is now reporting that 34 of the hostages have been killed in an airstrike by the Algerian military:
BREAKING: 34 hostages and 15 kidnappers killed by air strikes by Algerian army – ANI news agency live.reuters.com/Event/Mali_Con…— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) January 17, 2013
UPDATED 1/17/13, 7:58 AM ET: Reports are breaking that some of the hostages, perhaps 20 of them, including Americans, have managed to escape from their terrorist captors:
BREAKING Americans among 20 hostages to escape from terrorist captors at Algeria gas facilitynyp.st/U3sXZJ— New York Post (@nypost) January 17, 2013
Here is video of President Barack Obama addressing the American people tonight from Afghanistan. Obama said “the goal that I set” – to defeat Al-Qaeda – “is within reach.”
Somehow, I thought the goal to defeat Al-Qaeda started long before anyone even knew who Barack Obama was?
Reports indicate Al-Qaeda is claiming tonight to be holding an American citizen hostage who was kidnapped in Pakistan on August 13:
FOX NEWS: Al Qaeda claimed responsibility Thursday for the kidnapping of a 70-year-old American aid worker in Pakistan — a claim that one U.S. official tells Fox News is “entirely possible,” though it has not been confirmed.
In a video message posted on militant websites, Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri said Warren Weinstein would be released if the United States stopped airstrikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. He also demanded the release of all Al Qaeda and Taliban suspects around the world.
Weinstein was abducted by armed men from his house in the eastern city of Lahore on Aug. 13.
“It’s entirely possible that Al Qaeda or one of its militant allies may be holding Mr. Weinstein and the statement by Zawahiri supports this conclusion,” the official told Fox News. “The documents from Bin Laden’s hideout show his frustrated deputies were considering kidnapping and other criminal enterprises as a means of striking from their weakened state.” . . . Read More
(Daily Mail) – The New York Police Department has foiled an alleged terror plot targeting law enforcement and soldiers returning from the battlefield.
The New York Times reported that 27-year-old Jose Pimentel was acting as a ‘lone wolf’ and was taken into custody Saturday.
He allegedly was inspired by Al-Qaida, although his citizenship was not immediately known.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will hold a news conference on the terrorism-related issue tonight.
The date of his alleged attack was not immediately clear.
Here is video of “Occupy Wall Street” Protesters being asked “Who is more dangerous: Rush Limbaugh or Al Qaeda?” Guess what these average, upstanding, middle-of-the-road Americans said!
Here is video of Herman Cain doing damage control tonight after the CNN Nevada Debate. Cain admitted his “misspoke” earlier in the day when he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer he would consider negotiating with terrorists for the release captured U.S. Soldiers, should that situation present itself. Cain said tonight he had not clearly grasped the question and that his philosophy would be that the U.S. does not negotiate with terrorists.
Interesting how things change when you become the “Commander-in-Chief” and not just the “Criticizer-in-Chief.”
Here is video of former Vice-President Dick Cheney saying he agrees with President Obama’s decision to order the killing of Al-Qaeda leader Anwar-al-Awlaki, even though he was an American citizen. But Cheney said Obama owes the Bush Administration an apology for all the attacks he leveled at it for taking strong measures to defend the United States against terrorist attacks. Now, Obama is taking measures he would have criticized if Bush were still President.
This news is a great way to start the day. U.S. born Al-Qaeda leader Anwar Al-Awlaki is dead, killed by an airstrike in Yemen.
FOX NEWS: Terror mastermind and senior Al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki is dead, senior U.S. officials confirmed to Fox News.
Al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Islamic militant cleric who became a prominent figure in Al Qaeda’s most active branch, using his fluent English and Internet savvy to draw recruits to carry out attacks in the United States, was killed Friday in the mountains of Yemen, American and Yemeni officials said.
The Yemeni government and Defense Ministry announced al-Awlaki’s death, but gave no details. A senior U.S. official said American intelligence supports the claim that he had been killed. Another confirmed that the Al Qaeda leader was dead, describing him as a “big fish.” Neither would confirm or deny if it was a U.S. airstrike.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.
Yemeni security officials and local tribal leaders said al-Awlaki was killed in an air strike on his convoy that they believed was carried out by the Americans. They said pilotless drones had been seen over the area in previous days. . . . Read More
The Al-Qaeda chief for East Africa, and the operative behind the U.S. Embassy Bombings in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 has been confirmed killed in Somalia at a police checkpoint in the suburbs of Mogadishu, fittingly where he took part in the battle that killed 18 American Soldiers in 1993:
THE LONG WAR JOURNAL: Somali officials confirmed today that Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, al Qaeda’s leader in East Africa and a senior Shabaab commander, was killed at a Somali military checkpoint in Mogadishu earlier this week. Fazul is one of the most wanted terrorists in East Africa for his role in attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania as well as his role within Shabaab. . . . . Read More (including a graphic photo of the terrorist dead)
Fox News — A top Al Qaeda commander and possible replacement for Usama bin Laden was killed in an American drone-fired missile strike close to the Afghan border, the militant group he heads and a Pakistani intelligence official said Saturday.
Ilyas Kashmiri’s death is another blow to Al Qaeda just over a month after bin Laden was killed by American commandos in a northwest Pakistani army town. Described by U.S. officials as Al Qaeda’s military operations chief in Pakistan, he was one of five most-wanted militant leaders in the country, accused in a string of bloody attacks, including the 2008 Mumbai massacre.
His death was not confirmed publicly by the United States or Pakistani officials. . . (More)
Al-Qaeda has issued a statement on the death of Osama bin Laden. It certainly confirms that they recognize he is dead, and they call on “all Muslims to do their duty” in seeking revenge against the United States of America for killing him:
REUTERS TRANSLATION: “Congratulations to the Islamic nation on the martyrdom of its good son Osama after a life full of effort and work, determination and patience, incitement and holy struggle, generosity and giving, emigration and travel, advice and good preparation, wisdom and experience…
“That the Americans were able to kill Osama is not shameful to us. Where else do men and heroes die except on the battlefield? Every end is predestined. But can the Americans with their media, agents, machinery, soldiers, intelligence and equipment kill what Sheikh Osama lived and fought for? Never, never. Sheikh Osama did not build an organization that will die with his death and leave with his departure…”
“The nation that gave birth to Osama is a fertile nation. Many more men and heroes like him will come, who will enjoy sacrifice and find patience sweet, who will make the life of their enemies bitter and open to them the doors of hell or lead them to heaven in shackles…
“We assert that the blood of the mujahid Sheikh Osama bin Laden, may God have mercy on him, is too precious to us and to every Muslim to be wasted in vain. And it will remain, with permission from God Almighty, a curse that haunts the Americans and their collaborators and pursues them outside and inside their country, and that soon, with God’s help, their joy will turn to sorrow and their tears will mix with blood, and we will realize Sheikh Osama’s oath: America, and those who live in America, will not enjoy security until our people in Palestine do. The soldiers of Islam, together or as individuals, will continue to plot tirelessly and without desperation … until they are struck with a calamity that will make the hair of children turn white.” . . . Read More
Sounds like Osama bin Laden was a “Muslim Leader.” The fact the Obama Administration is bending over backwards to try and not make them mad at us is proof of that. We need to face that we are in a war against Radical Islam. That’s who Osama bin Laden was, and that’s who the enemy continues to be.
As Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s hold on power slips away, waiting in the wings is the officially illegal, but powerful Muslim Brotherhood group that undoubtedly will seek to steer Egypt’s future in a more radical direction.
Power Line points out that the Obama Administration is sending signals that they welcome the Muslim Brotherhood’s involvement in leading Egypt’s future – although they must renounce violence, according to the White House. When Obama gave a speech in Cairo in 2009, he even invited the Brotherhood’s attendance at the speech.
Many people don’t realize that the Muslim Brotherhood has been linked to the assassination of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. It was an offshoot of the group that carried it out:
The attackers included four enlisted men, an army major and a lieutenant. The major and two enlisted men were killed in the swarm around the reviewing stand, once other members of the military realized what was taking place. The rest were arrested. The attackers would eventually come to be identified as Islamist nationalists associated with the Muslim Brotherhood under the name of Islamic Jihad.
The group was subsequently found to have hatched the assassination plot with Al Gamaa al-Islamiyya, a Brotherhood offshoot that would , in the mid-1990s, develop ties with al-Qaeda and be chiefly responsible for the 1997 terrorist attack in Luxor on Nov. 17, 1997, when six men dressed in black attacked tourists visiting the famous site in Upper Egypt. Sixty-two men, women and children were killed.
Among the group’s leaders: Ayman al-Zawahiri, subsequently al-Qaeda’s Number 2. Zawahiri was tried and imprisoned for three years for his role ion the plot, then expelled from Egypt.
It appears the Obama Administration is totally clueless in welcoming a group with such radical associations and involvement to be a part of leading Egypt post-Mubarak. Anyone with a brain can see that this will not end well – and the Obama Administration seems to want to see these radicals as freedom fighters instead of the growing threat they truly represent. If we wind up with an Iranian-style Islamic Republic in Egypt, President Obama will have had a hand is legitimizing their move to seize control.
Here is audio of the Imam behind the Ground Zero Mosque – Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf – saying that he sees himself as a “bridge builder” between the United States and Al-Qaeda. He likened the struggle between the U.S. and Al-Qaeda to a quarreling married couple that needs to try and understand what has caused pain to the other side. Rauf said to be a “bridge builder,” you need to “have one foot on each side of the divide if you are going to become a bridge.”
What the good Imam does not seem to grasp is that we do not want to “understand” Al-Qaeda – we want to destroy Al-Qaeda! We don’t need a “bridge” to Al-Qaeda. We already know who they are, and there can be no compromise with pure, unadulterated evil.
Exit Question: Why would we want an Imam who has essentially admitted he has “one foot” in Al-Qaeda’s camp to have a 13-Story base of operations two blocks from Ground Zero?
CNN’s Howard Kurtz asks Bill Press if his comparison of Glenn Beck to Al-Qaeda was “over the top.” Kurtz was surprisingly tough on Press who continued to defend his comparison, saying he believes Beck’s rally was “just as outrageous” as it would be if Al-Qaeda held a rally at Ground Zero.