French forces in Mali have reportedly killed Abdelhamid Abu Zeid, a commander of al Qaeda’s north Africa wing. Abu Zeid was among 40 militants who died in the region of Tigargara in northern Mali three days ago,
The 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.
Algerian officials continue to scour a gas refinery after a bloody raid that ended a four-day standoff and left 23 capitves dead as well as 32 militants. Algerian TV said Sunday that 25 bodies had been found inside the gas facility.
President Barack Obama offered on Saturday to provide any assistance the Algerian government needs in the aftermath of a deadly hostage siege at a desert gas plant and said it was seeking from Algerian authorities a “fuller understanding” of what took place there.
Algerian special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the middle of the Sahara desert on Saturday in a “final assault” that ended a four-day-old hostage crisis, according to the state news agency and two foreign governments. At least 19 hostages and 29 Islamist militants have been killed.
As the hostage situation at an Algerian gas plant nears the end of its third day, a number of dramatic accounts from survivors and escapees have emerged.< An al Qaeda-linked group raided the BP joint venture facility on Wednesday, taking an undetermined number of hostages
Algeria’s state news service says about 60 foreign hostages are unaccounted for in the standoff with Islamist militants now entering its third day. The news service said more than half the 132 foreign hostages had been freed, but
Islamist militants seized foreign nationals Wednesday at an Algerian gas field operated by BP , Norway’s Statoil and Algerian energy company Sonatrach
International peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi arrived in Syria’s capital on Thursday as state forces pounded its eastern outskirts to flush out rebels trying to retain a foothold in Damascus. Brahimi’s mission is a challenging one as neither side in the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad seems ready to put down arms.
The new UN-Arab League envoy on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, has given a deeply pessimistic view of the task ahead of him, as he takes up his new post. Speaking to the BBC, the Algerian described his mission as “nearly impossible”.