January 20th, 2013
04:28 AM ET

Nations scramble to account for missing after Algeria hostage crisis

By Amir Ahmed

The hostage crisis in eastern Algeria is over, but the questions remain.

Among them, exactly how many people are unaccounted for at a remote natural gas facility after three days of chaos that ended Saturday, leaving 23 hostages and dozens of Islamist militants dead.

Some 685 Algerian workers and 107 foreigners were freed, the Algerian interior ministry said.

The White House, in a statement Saturday night, said it remained in close contact with the Algerian government to "gain a fuller understanding of what took place."

The State Department, meanwhile, warned against travel to Algeria.

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  6. CharlieSeattle

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    Worry about What you can not see.
    Worry about smuggled nukes.
    Worry about our unguarded border.
    Worry about Obama and Holder that will not guard it.
    Worry about Obama selling arms to the Muslim Brotherhood.

    January 20, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Reply
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      January 21, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Reply
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    January 20, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Reply
    • Bibi the Papa MeowMeow BumBum Packer

      Phony piece of information . . . .just so you know we don't care about you stupid people . . . this is a smoke screen to make what we are doing in Mali to sound serious . . . . Think about it: Do we, the government, care if you are fed? Do we care if you have a job? Do we care if you have to pay $4.50 for a gallon of gas?

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      January 20, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Reply
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    January 20, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Reply
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      January 21, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  10. NO MUSLIMS IN ANYBODY'S NEIGHBORHOOD PLEASE

    IF YOU WANT THEM JUST SAY YES AND WE WILL SHIP THEM FREE.

    January 20, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Reply
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    January 20, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Reply
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

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      January 20, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Reply
  12. NO HINDUS IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD PLEASE

    Wonder if any people from India were hostages?

    January 20, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Reply
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    January 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Reply
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    Renowned Muslim activists and generalists in more moderate muslim countries like Turkey have decried the silence of the corrupt muslim governments over the continued “brutal murders of innocent peoples by their tyrants like 100 Shia were cold bloodily murdered in Pakistan by Sunni terrorists” and said all minorities should be given the right to self-determination.

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    January 20, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      well said bro, it is time people in Pakistan start Pakistani spring. Pakistani army chief is selling Pakistan to CIA. Look which "nuclear armed" country is going to tolerate CIA flying drones all over the Pakistan and sending missiles like 4th of July firework ! Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, Syria, Iraq all have turned to rubble in last ten years.

      January 20, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Reply
      • Re-posted With Intent To Educate Muslim Bloggers

        Stop patronising me and get off my back. After all, we are both the same personality under different ID. And guess what we are both ex-call center jobless blokes from Bang-a-loru, India. Whew....glad to get that off my chest.

        January 20, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
    • Dr. Dot

      Just a quick nit to pick: Benghazi is a city in Libya. It is not its own country.

      That is all.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Reply
  15. George Patton

    It didn't have to end this way! Those idiotic Algerians think that they're living a John Wayne movie with their phony heroics. If those idiots in Washington would have only tried to negotiate with these so-called "terrorists", many of those hostages may have been saved.

    January 20, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Reply
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA.

      Well said, George. We Americans need to rid ourselves of this right-wing lynch mob mentality. Furthermore, we don't need to have hotheads like these Algerians for allies, either. They just acted without thinking of the consequences. In short, we need to be reasonable and talk to these so-called "militants" instead of trying to kill them off!

      January 20, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Reply
      • Amit-Atlanta-USA

        On second thought there is plenty more in India where they came from. So scratch that comment, please.

        January 20, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
    • George Patton

      I am the original George Patton and I din't say this, phunnie boy did under my name. You never negotiate with muslim wackos, just kill 'em all in Algeria, Pakistan, or on the Mars. Don't you agree with me phunnie boy ?

      January 20, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Reply
      • Kareem-Islambad-Pakistan

        George are you crazy? I thought you were friend of Pakistan. How could you say something against muslims Sir ?

        January 20, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
      • George Patton

        I didn't, Kareem. Phunnie boy above usurped my name to post his Tea Party mumbo-jumbo in order to be politically correct. I never post any of the PC Tea Party nonsense here nor do I use that filthy Tea Party lingo!!!

        January 20, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA.

      Sorry, I forgot we Americans don't negotatiate with extremist elements lobotomised by the hindu manifesto.

      January 20, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Reply
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    January 20, 2013 at 10:12 am | Reply
    • NNN

      That could have been made to work but the government mismanaged the development. This is the new era of management science and marketeering, real science and engineering have been pushed aside as unimportant commodity labor not worth listening to.

      January 20, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Reply
      • dreamer96

        NNN

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        January 20, 2013 at 6:08 pm |
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    January 20, 2013 at 8:38 am | Reply
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      January 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Reply

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