An Al Qaeda-linked group from Mali attacked and took control of a natural gas field partly owned by BP in southern Algeria.

Former Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) emir Mokhtar Belmokhtar speaking at an undisclosed location. (AFP)

Al-Qaeda of the Islamic Maghreb emir Mokhtar Belmokhtar is said to be behind the terrorist attack today on an Algerian oil field. Belmokhtar still remains under the orders of al-Qaeda Central.
Al-Arabiya reported:

Islamist militants attacked a gas field in Algeria on Wednesday, claiming to have kidnapped up to 41 foreigners including seven Americans in a dawn raid in retaliation for France’s intervention in Mali, according to regional media reports.

A Mauritanian news agency, ANI, said the raiders were commanded by Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a veteran Saharan jihadist and smuggling kingpin. Here are some facts about Belmokhtar:

Linked to a string of kidnappings of foreigners in North Africa in the last decade, Algerian-born Belmokhtar has earned a reputation as one of the most daring and elusive Islamic jihadist leaders operating in one of the remotest corners of the globe – the vast Sahara desert.

“He’s one of the best known warlords of the Sahara,” said Stephen Ellis, an expert on organised crime and professor at the African Studies Centre in Leiden, the Netherlands. He said Belmokhtar had also gained notoriety as a Saharan smuggler, especially of cigarettes.

French intelligence dubbed Belmokhtar “the uncatchable” in 2002.

Born in Ghardaia, Algeria, in 1972, Belmokhtar started his jihadist activities early, according to his own account in an interview posted on jihadi forums in 2007. He said he travelled at the age of 19 to Afghanistan where he claimed he gained training and combat experience before returning to his homeland Algeria in 1992.

Here’s an earlier video of terrorist Belmokhtar.

UPDATE: Al-Qaeda says they are holding 7 Americans at the gas plant.
Al-Arabiya reported:

Islamist militants attacked a gas field in Algeria on Wednesday, claiming to have kidnapped up to 41 Westerners including seven Americans in a dawn raid in retaliation for France’s military intervention in Mali, according to regional media reports.

A Mauritanian news agency, ANI, said the raiders were commanded by Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a veteran Saharan jihadist and smuggling kingpin. Here are some facts about Belmokhtar.

Linked to a string of kidnappings of foreigners in North Africa in the last decade, Algerian-born Belmokhtar has earned a reputation as one of the most daring and elusive Islamic jihadist leaders operating in one of the remotest corners of the globe – the vast Sahara desert.

“He’s one of the best known warlords of the Sahara,” said Stephen Ellis, an expert on organized crime and professor at the African Studies Centre in Leiden, the Netherlands. He said Belmokhtar had also gained notoriety as a Saharan smuggler, especially of cigarettes.

French intelligence dubbed Belmokhtar “the uncatchable” in 2002.

UPDATE: From Al-Arabiya on Twitter: 55 kidnapped Algerian and foreign workers were freed.
It is not clear if this includes the Americans or not.

UPDATE: Maybe not. There are no other reports to confirm that any hostages were released today.

 

 

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  1. Will Al Jazeera have Mokhtar Belmokhtar Al Qaeda video footage?
    Al-Qaeda of the Islamic Maghreb emir Mokhtar Belmokhtar is said to be behind the terrorist attack today on an Algerian oil field.

  2. but obama has al queda under control

    please let ambd. stephens and the other brave vicitms the news

  3. Full beard. Check.
    Some sort of idiotic headgear. Check.
    Weapon in picture. Check.
    Display of black flag of Islamic Jihad. Check.
    Ugly, angry language and tones. Check.
    Just completed some sort of savage attack. Check.

    Yep, he’s genuine. A peace-loving, deeply religious Muslim.

  4. Can’t wait for Al Jazeera to do an interview with this guy. Wonder if Behar will do it?

  5. al gore will be happy to do the interview

  6. Not the evil gun has a flash suppressor, if we had only banned them sooner, damn it these people would be safe.

  7. This just cannot be true because mighty O destroyed all terrorists.

  8. I was thinking about joining the Jihad–until I saw that ugly flag. What a joke! Does Allah, Moon God of Mecca, know about this? I’m as keen on looting and subjugating women as the next guy but I insist on some standards.

  9. This Mali business was started by little barry’s “al-Qaeda Spring” venture with his Muslim Brotherhood buddies in the State Department. During the illegal Libya war there were many weapons given to al-Qaeda by Obama, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. But barry screwed up. He allowed these weapons to be used against us after Libya fell. Most likely these weapons killed our Ambassador and three other Americans. After this embarrassment, we high tailed it out of there. Now, these foreign jihadist’s (with American and russian weapons) are holding up pretty well in the northern part of Mali. They have a foothold on half of Mail and gaining more territory every day. Strategically for them. It’s a better location for them than Aphganistan. Lil barry is telling the French to take care of it with logistics and money from the USA. This is the new powder keg folks. Lil barry, Georgie Soros, Samantha Power and the International Crisis Group with their “Responsibility to Protect” tour is blowing up in Egypt, Libya, Cairo and now North Africa. iCG’s corporate sponors are non other than, Chevron, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank Group. You can bet all this is being done for the enhancement of the greater good, a better world, and a more free people. Not! But don’t let this worry you. The New York Times and the Liar Czar American media will stay right on top of this to fill us in on all the great news coming out of this region of the world. LOL! :-)

  10. Guys name sounds like something you would use for an Orc from The Hobbit.

  11. Just let him DARE show his ugly puss in New York City. Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg would have him in jail faster than you can say “seven round magazine violation”….look at that ASSAULT RIFLE he is carrying!!!!

  12. #5 Franklin, Excellent! Thank you for the good laugh.

  13. This was President Obama speaking in Miami on October 11: “Four years ago, I told you we’d end the war in Iraq, and I did. I said we’d end the war in Afghanistan, and we are. I said we’d refocus on the people who actually attacked us on 9/11—and today, al-Qaeda is on the run and Osama bin Laden is dead.”

  14. #5 if I may add to your list,

    Ugly, angry language and tones. Check.
    Just completed some sort of savage attack. Check.

    Obama secret phone number on speed dial.

  15. #7 “al gore will be happy to do the interview”

    He said he wanted to sell to someone he had more in common with. Now he can interview those he has more in common with.

  16. Wait a second, I thougth AQ had been decimated by Wild Barack and his sidekick Jingles Biden.

  17. This is AQ on the run. Wow! And our glorious leader is responsible for this miracle.

  18. I bet Odumbo is all giddy inside. Now after his false flag kidnapping of Ambassador Stevens was botched up , he’ll finally have a hostage crisis to trade off the blind shiek to appease his Muslim masters and be portrayed as a hero by his propaganda media to all the libturd zombies.



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