Americans urged not to travel to Algeria

al Qaeda fighters in AfricaThe United States State Department says traveling to Algeria is dangerous. The warning says there are credible threats of the kidnapping of Western nationals.

The department also authorized the departure from Algeria of staff members’ families if they choose to leave.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama says the U.S. stands ready to provide whatever assistance officials need in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in the country.

Algerian special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the Sahara desert on Saturday to end the four-day standoff with extremists. Officials say at least 23 hostages have died.

Obama said Saturday that the blame rests with the terrorists who carried out the attacks and that the U.S. condemns their actions.

The president says the thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the families of all those who were killed and injured in the terrorist attack.

He says that the U.S. will continue to work closely with all its partners to combat what he called “the scourge of terrorism in the region.”

Associated Press

Photo: Al Qaeda fighters in Africa. Events in Algeria and Mali show that al-Qaeda, in different forms, is now a potent threat across much of Africa.

  • 5thDrawer

    Hell … they kidnap anyone they think can bring a buck in, no matter what religion or nationality. Anyone doing any modern business is a target. They even kidnapped muslims from a refugee camp to go ‘back’ to plant and harvest crops – under their ‘godly’ watchful gaze – so the ‘troops’ could be fed, while children starved.

    • Hannibal

      The best strategy is to dust them with spermicides… No kids No continuity… He He

  • 5thDrawer

    Hell … they kidnap anyone they think can bring a buck in, no matter what religion or nationality. Anyone doing any modern business is a target. They even kidnapped muslims from a refugee camp to go ‘back’ to plant and harvest crops – under their ‘godly’ watchful gaze – so the ‘troops’ could be fed, while children starved.

    • Hannibal

      The best strategy is to dust them with spermicides… No kids No continuity… He He

  • joey

    i don;t know why the west bothered to get the oil out from them people the maid them look like human so they thought they are really something look how brave the look always attack civilians damn arab they stink

  • joey

    i don;t know why the west bothered to get the oil out from them people the maid them look like human so they thought they are really something look how brave the look always attack civilians damn arab they stink

  • IraniAngel

    well we DONT want the yankees in the MENA so please stay away!!!!!

  • IraniAngel

    well we DONT want the yankees in the MENA so please stay away!!!!!

  • IraniAngel

    well we DONT want the yankees in the MENA so please stay away!!!!!