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January 18, 2013
The Algerian hostage crisis isn’t over yet, Cameron says: Speaking to the House of Commons this morning, British Prime Minister David Cameron described the crisis as an “ongoing operation,” with Algerian forces working to capture the suspects, along with at least some of the hostages. “This is a large and complex site and they are still pursuing terrorists and possibly some of the hostages,” Cameron was quoted as saying. Exact numbers haven’t been verified at this point, and multiple sources are reporting different things. Cameron noted the British government’s frustration that the Algerian government started their mission without consulting British officials. (They offered their help, which the Algerians declined.)
8:34 // 10 months ago
January 17, 2013
They (Algerians) are likely to feel vindicated, and to reject any criticism for their reaction to a domestic crisis they feel were brought about by Western actions they advised against.
Geoff Porter of North Africa Risk Consulting • Discussing the current situation with the Algerian hostage crisis, which ended violently and has featured wildly varying reports regarding death toll. Porter is referring to Algerian officials’ position that Western officials should not have intervened in the region. The hostage situation took place at a natural gas complex deep in the Sahara desert, and hostages were of numerous nationalities, including American.
19:29 // 10 months ago