Skip to comments.Panetta Vows 'Proper' Response to Algeria Hostage-Taking
Posted on 01/16/2013 4:14:36 PM PST by kristinn
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has condemned the taking of as many as 41 foreign hostages at a natural gas facility in Algeria, a move apparently linked to the French military operation in neighboring Mali.
Secretary Panetta says the United States will take all necessary and proper steps in response to the hostage crisis at the facility, run by British, Norwegian and Algerian companies.
The United States strongly condemns these kinds of terrorist acts. It is a very serious matter when Americans are taken hostage, along with others," he said.
Speaking in Rome, Panetta said he did not know how many Americans are among the hostages.
But a spokesman for the al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb militant group told VOA there are seven American hostages, and that the United States will face the consequences if it tries to help France in its military operation against the group in Mali.
Secretary Panetta previously said the United States will not send ground troops, but will provide intelligence, logistics and transportation support to the French forces in Mali. On Wednesday he said the assistance plan is under legal review but he is confident it will be approved based on laws authorizing the war on terrorism.
I do know that terrorists are terrorists, and terrorists take these kinds of actions not just in Algeria, they take them elsewhere ... and we have witnessed their behavior in a number of occasions where they have total disregard for innocent men and women. And this appears to be that kind of situation," he said.
Al-Qaida expert Alia Brahimi of the London School of Economics said Wednesday the Islamic Maghreb group and others in North Africa have changed their goals over the past year, moving away from a focus on local and regional issues.
There is a common consciousness emerging now in Africa among militant groups - in Somalia, in Nigeria, in Algeria - who were once obsessively localized, who are increasingly buying into the notion of global jihad, and who feel that they can reinvent their past record of failure and infighting by actually becoming more faithful affiliates of the al-Qaida brand and are focusing on attacking the West," she said.
Brahimi says the al-Qaida move to take over all of Mali, which sparked the French action, would have created a base of operations from which more attacks on the West would have been planned.
Obama sends tanks, bombs, and heavy weapons to Al Qaeda?
I assume the US will respond without guns because we are against guns on principle/sarc
All talk and no action, will be all this entire Administration will muster.
Agreed, prayers for a safe resolution for the hostageds. One would think this type of event would interrupt programming and their would be outrage in Washington.......
Secretary Panetta says the United States will take all necessary and proper steps
No help for the ambassador when the mobs come?
Let the Beghazi course of action guide them. Prayers for the hostages. They didn’t deserve to be hostages during an incompetent administration but that’s the breaks.
Speedy body retrieval.
I recall Romney was ridiculed for highlighting the threat Mali during one of the debates debate......it must have been part of his briefings, the same one’s Obama missed
Talking and doing nothing is not a 'Proper' Response.
We going ask,”pretty please” this time.
"Hey Mr. Bad Guys, can we PLEASE have our people back? Pretty Please?" we'll give you lotsa money on the QT, whaddaya say? Please?
Ball-less dweeb won't do squat. Watch and see.
Ditto your sentiments and prayers.
“Bless your heart, Leon,” but you’re not the Marxist.
He’s busy trying to disarm us.
Time for a stern warning letter from Hillary..... and a follow up by a make “ no mistake letter “in capitol letters from Obama..
So, what does that Islamist Hagel say?
Sure, like the steps he took when asked fron Benghazi where four Americans were slaughtered!!!
Obama already sent these things to AQ through Libya (which was what Benghazi was all about). In fact, we then sent “trainers” to Mali, and most of the people we trained in American war tactics and to whom we provided American arms deserted to join Al Qaeda last week.
Al Qaeda smells weakness and lack of interest in resisting (or possibly even senses sympathy from the WH), and they’re launching a major offensive that will probably end with most of Africa being Islamic within the next few months.
Let’s see, Obama response: “Duuuh... let’s send them weapons and release the blind shiek!”