Clinton orders review of American interests in Algeria and region
January 17th, 2013
03:30 PM ET

Clinton orders review of American interests in Algeria and region

By Jill Dougherty

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has asked her staff to review security for American diplomats, businesses and citizens in the entire Maghreb and North Africa region, in response to the hostage-taking in Algeria, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Thursday.

"That goes not only for official American security but also the message is being given to American citizens and American businesses," Nuland told reporters at the State Department.

After last year's deadly attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, President Barack Obama ordered a review of security at all U.S. diplomatic facilities. In addition, an independent review board recommended to Clinton security improvements that she has ordered to be implemented. This new review goes beyond diplomatic facilities.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Nuland said, is known for kidnapping and hostage-taking and. "The concern is that groups operating in the region may be trying to do larger scale operations and we want to make sure that any of our citizens and companies operating in the region are reviewing their security practices in light of this."

Nuland said the State Department has warned U.S. citizens and businesses previously about such threats but, in light of the Algerian attack, the department is looking "at the posture of official American facilities to ensure that our warnings to American citizens are updated and that our advice to American business is updated. So all of our embassies and consulates in that entire neighborhood are undergoing that exercise again today."

The State Department's Overseas Security Council is in touch with U.S. businesses across the region, and has also posted messages on OSAC.gov that are being distributed to registered users, Nuland added.

The day of the attack, Wednesday, Secretary Clinton spoke with the Algerian prime minister. Nuland said the call was "about our willingness to be helpful, about what might be needed, about the desire to keep lines of communication open." She said she expected there will be more contact at that level some time Thursday.

"We obviously have open channels of communications in our counter-terrorist channels and diplomatic channels," she added.

The State Department, through its consular officials in Washington and personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Algeria are in touch with the families of the Americans who have been taken hostage. Officials say there may be as many as seven of them, although they have not given specific numbers.

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  1. Chola Bowl

    As you will recall, India was initially broken into pieces by Arabs, Afghanis, Persians, Pakistanis, and lately by Chinese and so on. And rest assured that is not the end. India is mired in poverty and has a suppressive regime with respect to minorities. Substantial aid by the world over the years to India has failed to reverse the downward trends. We can now confirm that India has become unmanageable. If it is not imploded in a controlled manner we are afraid China will chew it up and spit it out.

    January 20, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  2. Saratoga

    India has become too big to govern or create any value for western countries or even for its own population. We have invested a lot of resources in India over the past two decades and given a lot of aid to prop it up. There has been no return on this investment. Instead India has squandered all the resources in building nuclear weapons while poverty remains rampant in the country. We need to revisit our relationship with India. American taxpayers will not tolerate this anymore. We need to take care of our own populace going forward. We cannot be exporting jobs to India or giving it financial or technical handouts.

    January 20, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  3. Jesus S

    INDIA:::: Some Alarming Statistics: (Source: UNDP)

    • 1/3rd world’s poor is in India. It also has a higher proportion of its population living on less than $ 2 per day than even sub-Saharan Africa.
    • 828 million people or 75.6% of the Indian population is living below $2 a day. 42% of the population is living below the new international poverty line.
    • 33% of the global poor are Indians. Sub-Saharan Africa considered the world’s poorest region is better than India.
    • 41.8% of the rural population survive with monthly per capita consumption expenditure of Rs447 ($7)on essential necessities like food, fuel, light and clothing.

    January 20, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Reply
  4. Casey

    NEW YORK: Renowned Indian activist and novelist Arundhati Roy has decried the silence of the international community over the continued “brutal Indian occupation of Kashmir” and said Kashmiris should be given the right to self-determination……
    She said so little was known about the atrocities being committed by more than half a million Indian troops, the continuing repression and indignities let loose on Kashmiri men, women and children.
    More than 700,000 troops were concentrated in the tiny valley, with checkpoints at every nook and corner of Kashmiri towns and cities. The huge Indian presence, she added, was in sharp contrast with 160,000 US troops in Iraq.
    Ms Roy alleged that Indian army or security personnel were killing young children, r-aping women, adding that Kashmiris were not radical Islamists or jihadists as India portrayed them.

    January 20, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Reply
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    January 18, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Reply
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    January 18, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Please huklutreu, do cut the Tea Party lingo out as It has no place here. I don't like Hilary Clinton either!

      January 18, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  7. iski

    Gee she is back and so refreshing to have her leadership. Will some of her proposals beef up security of our embassies beyond that of a chicken coup.

    Hillary in 2065! opps type error. What is Rice doing lately?

    January 18, 2013 at 9:45 am | Reply
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    (...)I THINK YOU MEAN TO SAY MUSLIMS WHO WANT TO BE FREE ARE LEARNING ITS NOT AS EASY AS JUST SAYING IT. MUSLIMS KILLING MUSLIMS IS LITTLE MORE THAN REALITY(...)

    January 17, 2013 at 11:19 pm | Reply
  9. Bibi Your Master

    Okay, let's get this straight . . .hillary wants to destabilize Algeria next.

    Goody goody . . .we zine-0-ists know how to shake up a country. Look at what we did to Libya and what we are doing to Syria. We want to kill all the Muslims and any Christians that might get in the way. Who cares . . .we don't just as long as we can make a buck on all this misery and death.

    Yippppeeeeeeeeeee . . . . we're going to kill all the muslims. god bless us (me, bill and chelsea ) and israel!!

    January 17, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Reply
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    January 17, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Reply
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    January 17, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Reply
  12. George Patton

    Maybe if we'd negotiate with these militants instead of trying to kill them off or getting others like the French to do it, our people over there may not be subjected to so many incidents like the one in Algeria. Let's drop this right-wing drivel saying "you can't deal with terrorists". The British dealt with us at the Treaty of Paris in 1783 and thus ended the Revolutionary War(1775-1783).

    January 17, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Reply
    • wjmccartan

      Good posting, George. You said it all!

      January 18, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Reply
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    January 17, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Reply
  14. Tembisa

    Reblogged this on World Chaos.

    January 17, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Reply

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