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  • RuralRebel 2:54 pm on January 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Beware the visiting Diplomat. Leaves a ‘trail of tears’. 

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  • RuralRebel 1:19 pm on January 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    From Guardian suggests that the armed stand off in Algeir is coming to an end 

    1.14pm GMT

    Sky Sources: British Ambassador to Algeria expected to get permission to go to gas plant with small consular team later today

     

    Sky reporting that Algerian authorities have given permission to the British ambassador and consular officials, which suggests that the armed stand off is coming to an end

     
  • RuralRebel 1:03 pm on January 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    More Live Reports from the Guardian. Too bad we didn’t have a Media. 

    12.08pm GMT

    According to Peter Beaumont, the Observer’s foreign affairs editor, the man who led the attack on the BP plant in Algeria is Abdul Rahman al Nigeri.

    An Arab from Niger, al Nigeri also known as Abu Dujana – is a close
    associate of Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a former leader of Al Qaeda in the
    Islamic Maghreb [AQIM], who broke away from AQIM ate last year to form
    his own group the Those Who Sign in Blood Brigade.

    A Mauritanian news agency reported that al-Nigeri infiltrated Algeria with a group of forty fighters from Niger. The group is demanding the release of Omar Abdel Rahman – known as “Blind Sheikh” an Egyptian imprisoned in the US and Aafia Siddiqui a US-Pakistani neuroscientist who was sentenced to 86 years in jail in the US for attempting to shoot her US interrogators after being arrested in Afghanistan. According to the few details known about him al-Nigeri, who is belived to be in his late 30s, joined the Algerian Group for Call and Combat – GSPC – on 2005, which later changed its name to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. It is in this group that al-Nigeri first encountered the Algerian Belmokhtar, a smuggler and jihadi widely reported to be the mastermind of the assault on the In Amenas gas facility.
    Belmokhtar appears not to have been present during the raid but Abu al-Bara’a al-Jaza’iri another leader is believed to have been shot. Nigeri is reported to be holed up in the plant near the town of In Amenas holding several hostages.

     
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