The Arab winter……..

Arab winter

Fundamentalists gain ground in Algeria as war memory fades

Veiled women walk in central Algiers, Wednesday Aug. 10, 2016. Mosques are going up, women are.

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Mosques are going up, women are covering up, and shops selling alcoholic beverages are shutting down in a changing Algeria where, slowly but surely, Muslim fundamentalists are gaining ground.

The North African country won its civil war with extremists who brought Algeria to its knees in the name of Islam during the 1990s. Yet authorities show little overt concern about the growing grip of Salafis, who apply a strict brand of the Muslim faith.

Algerians favoring the trend see it as a benediction, while critics worry that the rise of Salafism, a form of Islam that interprets the Quran literally, may seep deeper into social mores and diminish the chances for a modern Algeria that values freedom of choice.

More than a decade after putting down an insurgency by Islamist extremists, Algerian security forces still combat sporadic incursions by al-Qaida’s North African branch. The conflict started in 1991 after the army canceled elections that an Islamist party was poised to win. The violence left an estimated 200,000 dead and divided society.

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Apparently they need new street sweepers to remove the trails and entrails of their dearly departed.

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Algeria team donated $9 Million to the people in Gaza !

Algeria after their historic success at the World Cup in Brazil unfortunately were sent home, as Germany in the extra time scored twice which was enough for Joachim Löw’s side to set the clash with another European team, France. However, the popular Fennec Foxes left Brazil with their heads up, and they even had a good chance to knock the German team. Even after the homecoming Algeria national football team still inspires many people, and they are great example to follow.

Algeria striker Islam Slimani, revealed some great news, which deserve a big respect. Namely, Slimani has confirmed that the Fennec Foxes have donated their World Cup prize money ( around $9 Million) to the people in Gaza ! They need it more than us, said Slimani. Surely a gesture for respect.

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These strong arm Arab states are the only things standing between burgeoning al-Qaida (and affiliates) terror camps and the free world. We may not like them, but the alternative is worse.

“the next Arab domino may be oil darling Algeria.” 

What does Algeria’s election mean for Israel?

04/20/2014 04:30

The country has not become a hub of anti-Israel terrorism, but the newly-re-elected President Bouteflika is neither an Anwar Sadat nor a King Hussein.

Abdelaziz Bouteflika

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika votes in Algiers on Thursday. Photo: ZOHRA BENSEMRA/REUTERS

When Yuval Steinitz, minister of strategic affairs, criticized last week an agreement that allows Iran to move toward a rapid breakout to nuclear weapons capability, he said it would spark “Sunni Arab countries like Algeria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, perhaps also Turkey and the UAE, to seek to launch a nuclear-arms race.”Algeria, which saw the election of Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Thursday, who secured his fourth term as the country’s president in a vote marked by irregularities, could be an increasingly important factor for Israel.

The stroke-ridden and wheelchair- bound 77-year-old Bouteflika will oversee a country riddled with corruption, stagnation and social unrest among its huge youth generation.Algeria in 2014 mirrors in some ways the former Egypt until the removal of president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.Algeria has not been front-and-center in Israel’s national security priorities, largely because the country has not become a hub of anti-Israel terrorism.

There are, however, troubling signs.

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The fundamentalist Muslim family that hates together stays together.

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Women and children in Algerian jihadist training camps

Entire families ‘recruited’ for terrorism purposes

03 DECEMBER, 15:07

(ANSAmed) – TUNIS, DECEMBER 3 – Algerian security forces have discovered entire families, women and children included, in jihadist training camps in the southern part of the country.

Reports were from the Tunisian weekly Akher Khabar, generally well-informed on terrorism-linked issues. The weekly quoted sources in the Algerian security services, which said that the ”enlistment” of entire families is part of a plan to create ”jihadist families” to be used in terrorist activities. (ANSAmed).




They’re all dead.


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IN AMENAS, Algeria (AP) — In a bloody finale, Algerian special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the Sahara desert on Saturday to end a standoff with Islamist extremists that left at least 19 hostages and 29 militants dead. Dozens of foreign workers remain unaccounted for, leading to fears the death toll could rise.

With few details emerging from the remote site in eastern Algeria, it was unclear whether anyone was rescued in the final operation.

The siege at Ain Amenas transfixed the world after radical Islamists linked to al-Qaida stormed the complex, which contained hundreds of plant workers from all over the world, and then held them hostage surrounded by the Algerian military and its attack helicopters for four tense days that were punctuated with gunbattles and dramatic tales of escape.

Algeria’s response to the crisis was typical of the country’s history in confronting terrorists, favoring military action over negotiation, which caused an international outcry from countries worried about their citizens. Algerian military forces twice assaulted the two areas where the hostages were being held with minimal apparent mediation – first on Thursday and then on Saturday.

In the final assault, the remaining band of militants killed seven hostages before special forces killed 11 of the attackers, the state news agency said. It wasn’t immediately possible to verify who killed the hostages. The military launched its assault to prevent a fire started by the extremists from engulfing the complex, the report said.

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Islamic terrorism in keeping with Mohammedan tradition.

Once again, read Andrew Bostom’s excellent piece on Algeria and it’s history of treatment of the non-Muslim, then you’ll understand why they say what the mean.


H/T: Always Watching

Algeria Gunmen Tell Hostages ‘We Only Kill Christians and Infidels’

Thursday, 17 Jan 2013 02:14 PM

Islamist gunmen who seized hundreds of gas plant workers in the Sahara told Algerian staff they would not harm Muslims but would kill Western hostages they called “Christians and infidels”, a local man who escaped said on Thursday.

In a rare eyewitness account of Wednesday’s dawn raid deep in the desert, a local man employed at the facility told Reuters the militants appeared to have good inside knowledge of the layout of the complex and used the language of radical Islam.

“The terrorists told us at the very start that they would not hurt Muslims but were only interested in the Christians and infidels,” Abdelkader, 53, said by telephone from his home in the nearby town of In Amenas. “We will kill them, they said.”

His voice choking with emotion – “I’m a lucky man,” he said over the sound of children playing and a television relaying the latest news – Abdelkader described how he managed to escape along with many of the hundreds of Algerians initially detained.

He asked that his family name be withheld.

“I am still choked, and stressed,” he said, adding that he feared many of his foreign colleagues may have died. “The terrorists seemed to know the base very well,” he said, “Moving around, showing that they knew where they were going.”

The kidnappers said they were retaliating for last week’s French offensive in neighbouring Mali, and demanded that Paris call off the operation and that Algeria withdraw cooperation.

Security experts said, however, that the raid appeared to have been planned well in advance – although the decision to launch it now may have been influenced by events in Mali.

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Andy once again applies historical context to a present day incident involving Islam, this time the ongoing hostage situation in Algeria.

H/T: Fjordman

American Hostages to Jihad in Algeria: 1640 to Present

January 18th, 2013 (1 hour ago) by Andrew Bostom | 

BainbridgeTributeEarly Wednesday (1/16/13) jihadists seized a gas field in Amenas, eastern Algeria, near the border with Libya, taking hostage just under 200 workers, predominantly Algerians, but also some forty foreigners, among them an undisclosed number of Americans. Speaking to France 24, an unnamed hostage claimed the prisoners were being forced to wear explosive belts. The hostage added that their captors were heavily armed and had threatened to detonate the base should the Algerian army attempt to storm it.

The jihadist attackers, in a statement sent to ANI, a Mauritanian news agency, claimed “the operation was a response to flagrant interference of Algeria, [which] opened its airspace to the French Air Force [who] bombed areas of northern Mali,”  and demanded the “immediate halt of the aggression against our own in Mali.” Reference was also made to “the participation of Algeria in the war with France,” as “being a betrayal of the blood of the martyrs of Algerians who were killed in the fight against French colonialism.” Al Mulathameen (“The Masked Brigade”), who apparently prepared the announcement, is associated with Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the North African affiliate of Al Qaeda. The group insisted it was holding more than 40 “crusaders” —a prototypical jihadist reference to non-Muslims — “including seven Americans, two French, two British as well as other citizens of various European nationalities.” Algeria’s interior minister, Daho Ould Kablia, maintained the raid was orchestrated by Mokhtar Belmokhtar, an Algerian who fought Soviet forces in Afghanistan in the 1980s and has reportedly established his own group in the Sahara

Initial reports Thursday 1/17/13 (herehere) indicated that perhaps half of the ~ 40 foreign workers, including some of the Americans, as well as ~30 to 40 of the ~ 150 Algerians held captive may have escaped their jihadist kidnappers. An ominous AP story then reported the jihadist captors claimed 35 hostages, and 15 of their members were killed, after Algerian helicopters attacked the gas facility in a strafing run. Reuters subsequently reported thirty hostages were killed, including seven foreign hostages, along with eleven of their jihadist captors, during the Algerian military assault. Following the violent conclusion of the standoff, US Today later repeated both Algerian claims that 600 hostages in total had been freed, and the insistence by the jihadists that 35 of the hostages had been killed, purportedly including 5 Americans. But ABC News, citing unnamed  “U.S. officials,” claimed five Americans who were at the Algerian natural gas facility when it was raided by the jihadists are now safe, and believed to have left the country.

By Friday (1/18/13) morning, British Prime Minister David Cameron told lawmakers Algerian forces were “still pursuing terrorists,”  while attempting to secure a “large and complex site,” and searching for missing hostages. Cameron noted 30 Britons had been unaccounted for Thursday (1/17/13), but as of Friday morning, that number was considerably smaller. According to Fox News, an American from Texas was still missing. Senior U.S. defense officials also told Fox News that Thursday, two Americans had escaped unharmed; five other Americans who had been at the enormous Amenas facility were able to avoid being taken captive when the terrorists first attacked early Wednesday.

More here at Andy’s.




As bad as it could get.



ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — About 60 foreign hostages are still unaccounted for three days into a bloody siege with Islamic militants at a gas plant deep in the Sahara, Algeria’s state news service said Friday.

The militants, meanwhile, offered to trade two American hostages for terror figures jailed in the United States, according to a statement received by a Mauritanian news site that often reports news from North African extremists.

It was the latest surprising development in a hostage drama that began Wednesday when militants seized hundreds of workers from 10 nations at Algeria’s remote Ain Amenas natural gas plant. Algerian forces retaliated Thursday by storming the plant in an attempted rescue operation that killed at least four hostages and left leaders around the world expressing strong concerns about the hostages’ safety.

Algerian special forces resumed negotiating Friday with the militants holed up in the refinery, according to the Algerian news service, which cited a security source.

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UPDATE: As many as 35 captives are feared dead, 

‘Al-Qaeda have got me’: Trapped oil worker’s desperate phone call to family from Algerian gas siege where ’35 hostages were killed’

From Drudge Report: 

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The standoff began when gunmen calling themselves the Battalion of Blood stormed the gas facility on Wednesday morning. They said they were holding 41 foreigners and demanded a halt to a French military operation against fellow al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants in neighboring Mali.

The raid increased fears that jihadist militants could launch further attacks in Algeria, a vast desert country with large oil and gas reserves that is only just recovering from a protracted conflict with Islamist rebels during the 1990s which cost an estimated 200,000 lives.

Fast-moving details of the military operation to free the hostages from the gas plant were difficult to confirm. Algeria’s official APS news agency said about half the foreign hostages had been freed.

A local source told Reuters six foreign hostages were killed along with eight captors when the Algerian military fired on a vehicle being used by the gunmen.

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Along with the Finns and Austrian hostages in Yemen, there are now Westerners in Algeria being held by al-Qaida. New crises looms.

Via: Drudge Report

al-qaida linked terrorists take western hostages in algeria 16.1.2013

A militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was in revenge for Algeria’s support of France’s operation against al-Qaida-linked Malian rebels groups far to the southeast. It said it was holding 41 foreigners, including seven Americans.

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It’s just jizya in the form of a car.

How about giving the West 10 years of free oil for developing their oil fields? How much you want to bet that the French taxpayer is subsidizing this business venture in some way?

french-algerian smooch fest

It’s all smooch smoochy between the French Left and the Algerian Islamos.

Renault plans Algeria plant in symbolic move

Published: 18 Dec 2012 16:53 GMT+01:00
Updated: 18 Dec 2012 16:53 GMT+01:00

Renault will sign a pact Wednesday to build its first plant in Algeria during a highly symbolic visit by President François Hollande to the former French colony, a company spokeswoman said.

“Renault will sign the agreement tomorrow,” she said, confirming press reports.

According to France’s Le Figaro newspaper, the factory will be located in the second city of Oran and will be geared to the burgeoning local market.

Car sales in the north African country are expected to touch 450,000 units this year against 300,000 in 2011. Renault already holds a 25 percent market share.

According to the daily, the Algerian state will hold a 51 percent stake in the venture and Renault will hold the rest.

It will produce the Renault Symbol, a saloon based on its Clio compact sold mainly in markets where hatchbacks are not traditionally favoured.

The plant will have an initial capacity of 25,000 vehicles annually from 2014 and will rise to a maximum yearly output of 75,000, according to Le Figaro.

Algeria is an important supplier of oil to France, hundreds of French businesses operate there, and France is its top trade partner.

Hollande goes there on a two-day visit Wednesday, accompanied by a dozen government ministers and senior executives from top French firms.

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Suck it up and enter the 21 century.

We are actually treating those Muslims as equals, not like squalling babies that need to be placated with a waiting nipple.

The Arab League:


The Organization of the Islamic Cooperation:

Algeria joins Muslim leaders in demanding new efforts to stem attacks on Islam

Algeria demanded new efforts Saturday to limit freedom of expression to prevent denigrating attacks on Islam, appealing to the United Nations to take a lead as nations engaged in new debate on the tensions between free speech and religious tolerance.

In an address to the General Assembly, Algeria’s foreign minister Mourad Medelci called for global action under the auspices of the United Nations to respond to violent demonstrations provoked by a U.S.-produced video that mocks Muslims and the Prophet Mohammed.

While Mr. Medelci didn’t offer precise details of how he believed the UN could intervene, his call follows similar demands at the General Assembly from scores of leaders in the Muslim world who want new laws to ban insults against Islam.

On the sidelines of the annual forum, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, told The Associated Press Saturday in an interview that the deaths of two dozen people in violent protests against the anti-Islam film underscored the need for new legislation.

Malaysia’s foreign minister Anifah Aman told the General Assembly that the creators of the anti-Islam film — an amateurish, privately produced U.S. video that mocked Muhammad’s image — and those behind the publication of lewd caricatures of the prophet by French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo had shown “blatant malicious intent” toward Muslims.


On the sidelines of the annual forum, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, in an interview with The Associated Press Saturday, called for a global ban on offending the character of the Prophet Muhammad, saying that it should be equated with hate speech.

Such a ban would demonstrate how an interconnected world respected different cultural sensitivities, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said.

“If the Western world fails to understand the sensitivity of the Muslim world, then we are in trouble,” Ihsanoglu said. Such provocations pose “a threat to international peace and security and the sanctity of life.”

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NOTE: It’s a fact that anywhere sharia inspired blasphemy laws are in place, the percentage of discrimination against religious minorities in those countries are higher than in other countries that do not have these laws on the books.

Also, Vlad notes that Setphen Coughlin was way ahead of the bell curve predicting the wave of Muslim leaders calling for international legislation for the banning of ”blasphemy”.



The Arab Winter continues….

All you fence sitters out there, it’s time to draw an obvious conclusion that the Muslim Brotherhood aims for regional dominance, as well as influencing the West through its propaganda and/or infiltration of its governmental institutions and civil organizations.

H/T: Vlad

Algerian Muslim Brotherhood warns of revolution

Published Monday, August 6, 2012
The Algerian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood warned on Monday that a popular revolution was imminent if the ruling elites did not introduce real reform in the country.

Referring to the ‘Arab Spring’ protests that have rocked the region since January 2011, Bouguerra Soltani, president of Movement of Society for Peace (MSP) – the Brotherhood’s branch in the north African country – said there was still a threat of an uprising.

“The sooner change comes the better in order to save people from danger. The government can still benefit and learn from what happened in the region and find positives in it,” he said.

“Algeria has postponed its spring, but it hasn’t cancelled it,” he added.

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How dare they!

Something tells me that they got on the nerves of the Italian authorities.

(ANSAmed) – ROME – Algeria has complained with Italy over the treatment of two of its nationals deported last week on an Alitalia Rome-Tunis flight, the photos of which – showing the men with scotch tape over their mouths – went viral on the web and sparked a great deal of heated debate in Italy as well. The Algerian Foreign Minister has today summoned the Italian ambassador to the country, Michele Giacomelli, to ”protest vehemently on behalf of the Algerian authorities” against the treatment which Algiers called (according to the Algerian foreign ministry spokesman) ”violent, humiliating and unacceptable”. The incident – with the two seated in the last row of the plane with plastic handcuffs on, mouths taped shut with packaging tape and a protective mask lowered over their faces – is one which Rome has already announced that it will be looking into thoroughly.

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H/T: Fjordman


Sickening. KGS

Algeria suicide bomb attack hits military academy

(BBC) — A suicide bomb attack on a military academy in Algeria has killed 18 people, officials say.

The attack took place in the town of Cherchell, about 100km (60 miles) west of the capital Algiers.

One or two bombers set off their explosives just after the breaking of the Ramadan fast, reports said.

No group has said it carried out the attack. It comes 12 days after a suicide car bombing of a police station in Tizi Ouzu wounded 29 people.

That attack was claimed by the Islamist group Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which is active in the region.

It was not clear how many of those killed in the latest attack were military. A hospital source told Reuters news agency 16 soldiers had been killed and two civilians.

Political violence has subsided since the 1990s when more than 150,000 were killed after the 1992 election, won by an Islamist party, was annulled.

VIA: Weasel Zippers