More signs al Qaeda in Mali orchestrated Algeria attack
A general view shows an oil installation on the outskirts of In Amenas, deep in the Sahara near the Libyan border.
January 25th, 2013
02:59 AM ET

More signs al Qaeda in Mali orchestrated Algeria attack

By Barbara Starr

The Obama Administration now believes the attack and hostage-taking at a natural gas plant in Algeria last week is the work of al Qaeda operatives based out of northern Mali.

U.S. officials say al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) was behind the attack and may also have operated a communications network from northern Mali. Despite the recent French intervention, large areas of Mali remain in the hands of jihadist groups.

One senior U.S. official said "elements of AQIM" may have carried out the offensive in tandem with fighters loyal to Moktar Belmoktar, a veteran militant based in northern Mali who has claimed responsibility for the assault.

Last year, Belmoktar was said to have been demoted by the Emir of AQIM, Abdel Malek Droukdel, but is thought to have retained links to the organization.

One U.S. official told CNN that American intelligence gatherers are trying to determine if the two factions had reunited for the attack. If so, that would indicate greater communications among North African elements of al Qaeda affiliates and splinter groups than previously thought.

U.S. intelligence believes some of the attackers came into Algeria from training camps in Libya, whose border is about 40 miles (60 kilometers) from the In Amenas site.

'Sons of the Sahara' - just one group in gas plant attack

One of the officials emphasized that the United States is now relying on intelligence it has gathered "by other means" because of the lack of information coming from the Algerian government. It has long been privately acknowledged that the U.S. intelligence community has the ability to gather imagery and intercept communications using a variety of military and CIA platforms such as satellites and aircraft.

"We have other ways of assessing who the perpetrators were," he said, but warned the information on Mali could change as more information emerges.

That official said that intelligence gathered so far indicates "this was a relatively sophisticated attack."

"It took planning to select and case the facility, and coordinate to attack it. They had to penetrate the perimeter security and take hostages. That doesn't just happen," he said.

The officials declined to be identified because of the sensitive intelligence matters involved.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday that AQIM was responsible for the attack, but offered no details how the United States reached that conclusion. Panetta was also critical of Algerian cooperation.

"I have to tell you, we still, as of this moment, have not been able to look at the specifics of who was involved, who took - who took place. We understand the Algerians are questioning two individuals that they were able to capture during this operation. So we're hoping that we'll get better information from them specifically as to who was involved," Panetta said.

Extremist groups in North Africa have fluid affiliations, and members may be associated with different groups. That loose nature makes it difficult to pinpoint culpability after attacks like that in Algeria and on the U.S. consulate there in Benghazi.

General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, underscored the concern about diverse al Qaeda elements in North Africa.

"The way to think about North Africa and West Africa is (as) a syndicate of groups who come together episodically, when it's convenient to them, in order to advance their cause. Sometimes their cause is terrorism. Sometimes it's criminal. Sometimes it's arms trafficking," he said.

Dempsey described what he called "connective tissue" between the al Qaeda groups – saying "they work together when it's convenient to them. And what we have to be alert to is that."

In Libya, fears of oil field attack grow

Panetta renewed a vow to go after perpetrators of both the Algerian attack and the one on the U.S. compound in Benghazi.

"If we find out who the perpetrators were, we're going to go after them," Panetta said. "And so that's - you know, that will be the first challenge, is to determine precisely who was involved here. Americans were killed, and we don't stand by when Americans are killed and not take action."

Panetta would not say whether he thought action would come from the U.S. military or the FBI.

The senior official said the United States still hopes governments in the region will take the lead, but acknowledged that seems unlikely where central governments are weak.

These assessments come as the top U.S. commander for Africa told a Washington audience that "our highest priority is countering a growing network of extremist organizations in Africa."

General Carter Ham, commanding general of U.S. Africa Command, said Thursday he sees "synchronization" of terror operations across Africa, including more collaboration, closer ideology, and the sharing of funds, weapons and explosives.

Ham expressed doubt that al Qaeda in Mali could be defeated.

"Realistically, we would all like to see the elimination of al Qaeda and others from northern Mali. Realistically, probably the best you can get is containment and disruption so that al Qaeda is no longer able to control territory as they do today," Ham said.

Some current troubles in Mali were not helped by past U.S. military training programs there before the military coup, Ham acknowledged.

"We didn't spend probably ... the requisite time focusing on values, ethics and a military ethos that says when you put on a uniform of your nation then you accept the responsibility to defend and protect that nation, to abide by the legitimate civilian authority that has been established, to conduct yourselves according to the rule of law and too see yourselves really as servants of the people of the nation," Ham said.

"I believe we focused exclusively on tactical and technical. So, we have learned from that," he added.

Is al-Qaeda on the offensive?

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soundoff (234 Responses)
  1. junkies khan

    al-aqeada is simple the by-product of american war on terror, invested during the soviet union cold war

    January 27, 2013 at 6:21 am | Reply
  2. tahir

    Obama told us that al Qaeda is almost finished.

    January 27, 2013 at 2:46 am | Reply
  3. Johnny 5

    Al Qaeda is the ultimate "Where's Waldo" and just as fictional. How long is the media going to kick that same can around?

    January 26, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Reply
  4. hgfthugrtyi


    January 26, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  5. Skorpio

    Paying bounties to eliminate Islamic clerics could be the first step to stop global Islamic madness. Clerics are the most perverse, violent, irrational, intolerant and discriminatory people. They are the main instigators of world violence.

    January 26, 2013 at 8:06 am | Reply
    • Incredulous

      So you think an ideology can be shot down by a bullet? Your bullets only serve as fuel to the fire my friend, creating more martyrs and hatred and justification toward their aims. Preventing them by forcing them into public debate perhaps, and exposing their stupidity and rigid-mindedness to all, rather than forcing them to go underground and spread like a cancer, might be a start.

      January 26, 2013 at 9:25 am | Reply
  6. JiminNM

    Al Qaeda does not exist. It is a fictional boogy man. There is a one hour video online.

    January 26, 2013 at 7:01 am | Reply
    • Bibi The Play ya

      Hey Jimin . . . . . it doesn't matter . . . you st-pud'er americans don't care . . . . .you Americans love sucking authority.

      You dorks believe whatever we tell you, whether it is true or false. Thanks for watch so much TV.

      Heeeee-hawwwwwwwww . . .gitty-up tonto . . . .and American is tonto!

      January 26, 2013 at 7:58 am | Reply
  7. RLTJ's

    Put up a government and then prop it. A government that will stand on popularity and not by whip. It is not easy. Existence of foreign forces is one contradiction. One issue there is [foreign] imperialism. It has U.S. A. at the cross-hairs.

    Vietnam went through there.

    January 26, 2013 at 12:14 am | Reply
  8. Jc

    Something is going on here. We already knew who was behind it from day one. They claimed responsibility and it was verified. Why is CNN writing these articles? Is there an upcoming action by Obama that he needs to scare ppl into getting behind?

    January 25, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Reply
    • Sinbad

      Yep the plan is to take over the whole of North Africa.

      January 26, 2013 at 4:50 am | Reply
      • k_Daraa

        Yup, that is what the takfiri al qaeda islamo-fascist thugs plan on doing, take over the whole of central and northern Africa.

        January 26, 2013 at 9:29 am |
  9. The One who Knows

    May these people follow the Way of God.

    Joh 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

    Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,

    Rom 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

    Joh 3:36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."

    January 25, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Reply
  10. QuestionTheAbsurd

    Well, it's not surprising, given AQ's reputation of being such harsh film critics.

    January 25, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Reply
  11. hftyjbfhu


    January 25, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Reply
  12. Joy Bangla

    We now need to focus on India. The American invasion of Afghanistan brought to the forefront the irrelevance of India as a nation. With a population of over 1.2 billion people there was no value that this nation could bring to the table. Their soldiers (ragtag) 1.2 million continue hiding in the trenches scared from Talibans. A few teenage Talibans invaded the country and held it hostage for days on end showing how useless India is. It was embarrasing for the world to observe this humiliation of a nation that was being touted as a regional power.

    January 25, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  13. wjmccartan

    My oh my, so many ignorant comments here supporting the government propaganda. This is just more evidence of just how effective the right-wing government can be at brainwashing the general public. Can't you people even think for yourselves anymore? Today, Al Qaeda has all it can do just to survive and has never been all that powerful in the first place.

    January 25, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Reply
    • rm

      Right wing??? Our govt couldn't be more left...

      January 25, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Reply
  14. Tembisa

    Reblogged this on World Chaos.

    January 25, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  15. Eloi

    I thought it was a spontaneous response to the horrible Star Wars prequels.

    January 25, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Reply
  16. rockdogrunner

    I am American and have lived in the Middle East for 25 years. I knew the moment that it happened that it was Al Qaeda backed. The dumb story that this all started with a prophet Mohammad film was ridiculous. I am amazed at how dumb our country can be and be deceived by our government. They knew dam well what was going on. It is just now coming up in the news. This in itself is completely amazing. If our people can be that dumb, got help us. They hit the embassy and then finished that job well, they then put blame on the prophet Mohammad film and that was a play to bring the rest of the world into it as it looked as if the war had already started. It worked as planned. I can't believe to this day that know one realized this. Our government lies to the people as you should only expect.

    January 25, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Reply
    • Re-posted With Intent To Educate Mali Muslims

      Please read my post below, one more time.

      January 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  17. Re-posted With Intent To Educate Mali Muslims

    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.

    “Pakistan, Yemen, Benghazi, Somalia, Algeria, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, and almost all muslim countries are poverty ridden, uneducated, and bloody occupied by al Qaeda fighters, or some other types of muslim terrorist groups.

    Under the military rules in these countries, freedom of speech is non-existent and human rights abuses are wide spread by mullahs. A survey said 5 out of 10 grown up muslim man has never heard words like "Job", 'Education", "Election" or "Democracy".

    Lives of muslims in Pakistan, Mali, Somalia, Yemen, Benghazi, Algeria, Syria are made miserable by gun-totting army personnel or Jihadist terrorist groups, who routinely harassed, extorted money, committed raps, or terrorized people with impunity, adding that disappearances are almost a daily occurrence as also kidnapping, arrests, fake encounters and torture. Mass graves of minorities have been discovered in these muslim counties and the conscience of the world remains un-stirred................

    Tourism in Pakistan, Mali, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Algeria, Nigeria have virtually dropped to zero, while terrorism, unemployment, religious teaching have gone through the roof. More and more young muslims are joining terrorist groups to support their families. These young muslims are more vulnerable to be exploited by mullahs also known as terrorist recruiters. All mosques are becoming terrorist recruiting centers too in countries like Pakistan, Yemen, Benghazi.

    The apathy towards minorities of muslim countries like Pakistan, Somalia, Benghazi, Yemen, Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, especially in the western world, is because of their pursuit of oil interest in the Middle East, where these USA, EU countries are more eager to “secure their oil supply with crook Arabs of Saudi Arabia, UAE than human rights in poor muslim countries"............

    January 25, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      oh my friend, thank you for the eye opening post. All muslims should read this post and stop making troubles immediately. Look guys you are loosing limbs if you are not dead in drone strikes. So you've gotta ask yourself a question "do I feel lucky", well do ya... Punks.

      January 25, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Reply
      • rockdogrunner

        I agree with you they are losers, but they aren't any where close to losing. Many many of Americans have been killed and more to come. They are getting stronger and America is putting our neck in other peoples business. Pull us the hell out of the middle east and let it fall.

        January 25, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
    • Open you eyes

      Army in Pakistan never extorted anything. If anything thing they have given lives to rid of militants in Swat Valley and the tribal areas. Your post is both ignorant and false.

      January 25, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Reply
      • Re-posted With Intent To Educate Mali Muslims

        if what you think is true then tell me how al Qaeda infiltrated Pakistani army?

        January 25, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
  18. JiminNM

    According to a one hour CIA video you can find online, there isn't an al qaeda at all and never was such an organization. It is a fabricated boogy man.

    January 25, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  19. Johnna

    I say we nuke Northern Mali as It's just a dead desert already, what would we have to lose!!!!!

    January 25, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Please Johnna, lost your ignorance! Can't you think your way out of a wet paper bag? Evidently not!!!

      January 25, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  20. Kay

    i might ass well speak they keep comin back spying on me anyway. no wonder Obama cheats on Michelle she looks like death with no makeup on that's the truth. i'm only saying what everyone else is too afraid to say. Hell, what do I have to lose buy my life and they threaten that everyday and I'm really no one of importance in the government realm of things. theres no more trust. somebody save me from the liberal stalking couple pleaaassseeee

    January 25, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Reply
  21. Random

    I won't be supporting another war if thats what they are trying to do. I actually consider myself republican and hate gun control but that doesn't mean I want to start another war that will gain us nothing and leave us in even more debt.

    January 25, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  22. Algeriano

    Seriously? When are the American and French people going ask their government to be more constructive rather than destructive?

    Aren't you bankrupt? After the government disarms you, you will be on the fast road to becoming slaves! Aren't you better off building schools or something, rather than dropping million dollar bombs in the deserts of Libya or Mali?

    From an Algerian

    January 25, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Reply
    • Billy

      So, where specifically are you located? My drone has run out of targets and I am loitering it, looking for one. Thanks for the 'freebie!'

      January 25, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Reply
      • The Eternal Satyr

        We are slaves. Debt-locked wage-slaves.

        Bankruptcy is a natural byproduct of capitalism. It's a financial game of musical chairs that the central banks are destined to win.

        The US is like the patient with terminal lung cancer who continues to smoke two packs a day knowing that their next cigarette could very well be their last.

        January 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
  23. Dick LaTrick

    oh goody, more terrorist to kill. Will a freedom fighter ever catch a break.

    January 25, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  24. Bystander

    So apparently it does make a difference to know that it was Al Qaeda

    January 25, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  25. tokalosh0

    Is the same connection made between so-called Iraq WMD, Al Qeida and "Sadam Hoosayne" by Colin Powell in the UN so many years ago? Is the boogey man going to come out from under my bed now and GET me? Are terrorists going to come and get me in my sleep? Boo!

    January 25, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  26. palintwit

    The fake palintwit ^ rears his pimply little face once again.

    January 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  27. palintwit

    I thought our fearless leader, Barry the wonder chimp, had taken care of al qaeda.

    January 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Reply
    • palintwit

      The fake palintwit ^ rears his pimply little face once again at 12:00 pm

      January 25, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Reply
    • bristoltwit palin... America's favorite dancing cow

      Remember when Bristol Palin was on Dancing With The Stars and her buttplug slipped out?

      January 25, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  28. Michelles back fat

    @Jeb I think Obama is the master of BS.

    January 25, 2013 at 11:57 am | Reply
  29. K from AZ

    You mean it wasn't because of another anti-'mooslim' video?

    January 25, 2013 at 11:56 am | Reply
  30. Winston Smith

    The Party has always been at war with Emmanuel Alqaedastein.

    January 25, 2013 at 11:55 am | Reply
  31. tricky dick

    Must have been the dead bodies that alerted them to a possible terrorist attack.

    January 25, 2013 at 11:53 am | Reply
  32. Sheriff Silver Star

    Sounds like it is time for CNN to start fear mongering again.

    If it's not Iran, then it's North Korea.
    If it's not North Korea, then it's Al Qaeda.

    January 25, 2013 at 11:53 am | Reply
  33. Mark Palmer, IF Ever, is CNN going to go BACK to UP-TO-THE-Minute reports? When are they going to stop posting News from Last week, Two weeks ago??? What a Job! Hey, I want THAT job...only posting or re-posting OLD News...what happened Here?

    January 25, 2013 at 11:52 am | Reply
    • John

      CNN gave up on real news years profit in it

      January 25, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  34. Goin Broke

    The funnies part of this is watching everyone go back and forth blaming Bush or Obama (surpised nobody's mentioned Congress). If you're looking for someone to blame, and you vote, its time to start looking in the mirror. Long gone are the days when the great presidents like Reagan and Clinton win landslide re-elections, while the Carter's and Bush 1's are relegated to the ash heaps of history. We the people just re-elected both Bush and Obama, the 2 worst presidents of my generation, to second terms...Bush and Obama should be the ones complaining about how dumb the american people are, not the other way around. But the good ole boys in Indiana will continue to jump in their pickups, head to the polls, and vote R, while the liberal elitists in Mass will jump in their Prius' and do the same for Democrats. And what we do we get? A never ending war on terror coupled with the new war on the working class!

    January 25, 2013 at 11:52 am | Reply
    • The Eternal Satyr

      Precisely why I don't vote. Thank you, well put.

      January 25, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Reply
    • Yodude

      WOW! An intelligent post...those are kind of hard to come by around here. Well done sir! And right on the money to boot.

      January 25, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Reply
  35. Dave

    >> al Qaeda operatives based out of northern Mali.<<

    Well, if they weren't based in northern Mali, where WERE they based?


    January 25, 2013 at 11:51 am | Reply
    • tricky dick

      They are based wherever they happen to be at the time.

      January 25, 2013 at 11:54 am | Reply
  36. Mark Palmer

    AL QAEDA MY-ASS...not All of us are so Stupid.

    January 25, 2013 at 11:47 am | Reply
    • cocopuf4u

      ... only you. Why do you even post such idiocy here?

      January 25, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  37. Ash

    The Boogie Man!

    January 25, 2013 at 11:43 am | Reply
  38. Pinewalker

    What does it matter anyway?

    January 25, 2013 at 11:42 am | Reply
  39. merlin215

    So much for getting us out of the war ? And how did Al Qaeda fool us ?

    January 25, 2013 at 11:34 am | Reply
  40. Your Government at Work

    OF COURSE it's Al Qaeda. They're behind everything. Illegal immigration, the high cost of gas, the additives in your food, the bad weather, cancer, booga booga booga!!

    January 25, 2013 at 11:32 am | Reply
    • Mark Palmer

      THANK You!!!

      January 25, 2013 at 11:48 am | Reply
    • k_Daraa

      Glad you see it that way. Imagine if the al qaeda forces in southern Yemen last summer, had managed to close the straights leading into the Red Sea and the Suez Canal where 40 million barrels of oil transit through EVERY DAY. They were 20 miles from the Bab al-Mandeb straight when American-backed Yemeni military troops drove them back. Hey, doesn't France get half it's Uranium from mines right near the Malian border? Doesn't France rely on nuclear power for 70 percent of its power needs? Sounds like a genuine French national security threat to have islamic foreign fighter from al qaeda international taking all the adjacent land nearby.

      January 26, 2013 at 9:37 am | Reply
  41. Kay

    Obama and George Bush did all this to cover up their sickness and the governments sickness and they take advantage like they have been doing for years. When they die who will care? they are gay extremists and liars. diddo. they rape and kill to cover the rapes. diddo.

    January 25, 2013 at 11:30 am | Reply
    • Big Bob

      Where was this government "sickness" on 9/10/01? Oh, you're probably to young to know...

      January 25, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  42. nomad2003

    And where is the state department over the Iowa pastor being held (and now 'missing') in Iran? For that matter, where is the story on CNN? and the story about lack of housing from Sandy... Oh yea, those would be not be good stories for Obama and his administration.....

    January 25, 2013 at 11:30 am | Reply
  43. palintwit

    A growing number of us are convinced that Sarah Palin is the only one who can heal and re-unify our country. But first she must return to her motorhome and resume her cross country tour. She will have to visit cities both large and small, being careful to speak only to real Americans, dispensing her sage advice and folksy, homespun common sense solutions. We can be a great nation again if we all follow the "Palin Path".

    January 25, 2013 at 11:28 am | Reply
    • Fred

      Yes, she's truly an inspiration to m orons everywhere.

      January 25, 2013 at 11:30 am | Reply
    • Palin for presadint

      The MILF trailer park tour!

      January 25, 2013 at 11:35 am | Reply
    • Mark Palmer

      WOW...I hope that was a joke.

      January 25, 2013 at 11:49 am | Reply
      • Dave

        I'm still chuckling, so I assume it was.

        January 25, 2013 at 11:53 am |
    • Michelles back fat

      I'd still trust her more than the current m0r0n occupying the White House.

      January 25, 2013 at 11:55 am | Reply
      • The Eternal Satyr

        If nothing else, we could ogle her boobs for four years.

        January 25, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
  44. hannah

    I wonder if Bush had never attacked Iraq, if this would not be happening today. In attacking Iraq, the country was weakened, giving power over to the Shiites, the Sunis a moderate Muslim faction had ruled before. Iran is mostly Shiite and this brought Iraq closer to Iran. It also brought in so called al Qaeda into Iraq where they had never been before. And this has stirred up the whole of the middle east, causing the overthrow of goverments in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya. People say this is good because now democracy is coming to the middle east. But in reality it has been a disaster becasue when the dictators are overthrown, there is only choas and nothing to replace the dictatorship.

    It wasn't the Iraqis that attacked the twin towers. We're not really sure who it was, because to say that it was a man in a cave is rediculous and the the people who flew the planes into the twin towers were Saudis. But hey, a lot of people have made a lot of money off these wars and are looking to make even more. Don't let them. No more wars.

    January 25, 2013 at 11:27 am | Reply
    • Durpy

      Are you saying the government lied? How dare you. You're going on the no-fly list.

      January 25, 2013 at 11:36 am | Reply
    • TTT

      The first Al-Qaeda attack on the WTC happened on Clinton's watch. He did nothing.

      Clinton's administration invited the 9/11 terrorists into the US. Even allowed them to take flight school.

      January 25, 2013 at 11:46 am | Reply
    • Big Bob

      Naw, it was probably Thomas Jefferson when he sent the Navy and Marines after the Sultan of Tripoli to make him back off of the white gold.

      January 25, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Reply
  45. Dean

    I thought Obama got rid of al Qaeda.

    January 25, 2013 at 11:25 am | Reply
    • Fred

      Don't look now but the Al Qaeda is hiding under your bed.

      Lions and tigers and bears!

      January 25, 2013 at 11:26 am | Reply
    • Kay

      theres probably not one they just pick a lamb to slaughter like they did me here it started from the whites here being able to kill blacks without going to jail and hiding behind badges to do it. beyond enraged. straight christians like me are being forced into Obama's gay lair. He's contaminated with bs.

      January 25, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Reply
      • Kay

        my boyfriend is eating me alive with all his drama from the system. goodbye.

        January 25, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
  46. jose

    When bushed said "mission acomplished" and iraq got worse he was eaten alive in the news, so how is it that when obama said al qaeda is done, now nobody says anything? no one blames obama for anything, he is untouchable, but bush was a fair target because he was white? now what is being done about that, anyone cares? maybe the news media will also brush off north korea and iran also to protect obama from criticism, hypocrites!...

    January 25, 2013 at 11:22 am | Reply
    • Jeb

      Thanks for the Faux News talking points!

      Good parrot!

      January 25, 2013 at 11:23 am | Reply
      • Dean

        Talking points???? That's one of the falsehoods that Obama claimed and that helped to get him re-elected.

        January 25, 2013 at 11:27 am |
      • Fred

        Obama was elected because he's a good leader who is pulling us out of the hole that Republicans left us in.

        January 25, 2013 at 11:29 am |
      • Michelles back fat

        @Fred Obama's a good leader...hahahaha

        I needed a good laugh this morning.

        January 25, 2013 at 11:56 am |
      • Big Bob

        He's got a point, Jeb. Also, notice how France has sent troops to Mali and suddenly they're not racist or imperialist.
        Remember kids, only rethuglicans can wage evil wars. x D

        January 25, 2013 at 12:07 pm |
    • Briana

      are you living under a rock? People blame Obama for EVERYTHING under the sun...

      January 25, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  47. nomad2003

    Let's see... Obama foreign policy, help the French by bombing Libya get one guy out, never secures the weapons of that country, and by wiping out one guy, lets another group take over, who can not control anything. A "defunked" group then takes over vast amount of land in Africa. Wipes out the consulate in Benghazi, killing 4 Americans, then the group takes hostages in Algeria, killing more Americans (suppose that was because of you tube movie also). And all done by group Obama says is gone... would not want to see what would happen if the "al Qaeda" still existed....

    January 25, 2013 at 11:13 am | Reply
    • HoneyPot

      who are these alquaeda people? did they fly there straight from the pentagon?

      January 25, 2013 at 11:16 am | Reply
    • SteveA

      Al Qaeda never existed as a unified organized group. It's just a label the CIA gave to a group of mujaheddin that they controlled and used against the USSR in Afghanistan.

      January 25, 2013 at 11:41 am | Reply
  48. James C.

    So much for the Bamster's statement of a while back that al-Queda is on the run!!!!!!!

    This administration is so full of B.S.!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 25, 2013 at 11:07 am | Reply
    • Jeb

      You would be the expert on B S.

      January 25, 2013 at 11:23 am | Reply
  49. James H.

    So, the American Intelligence that still doesn't know what happened in Benghazi, knows what happened here. Now, Hillary, you know why it matters at this point. Because the folks who were running this dog and pony show and failed Stevens and those former Navy Seals are still running the show.

    January 25, 2013 at 11:06 am | Reply
    • Cleopatra

      Scrolled down to write the same response. In one week, we know Al Qaeda is involved; but in Libya we couldn't know anything for weeks! Right.

      January 25, 2013 at 11:10 am | Reply
  50. jimbob

    why is CNN taking such a neutral and apathetic tone here? When Jews so much as build a house on their own land, CNN features it in a very negative, hate-inducing way.

    January 25, 2013 at 11:05 am | Reply
    • empresstrudy

      CNN hasn't figured out how this is the Jews' fault. But they will, they always do.

      January 25, 2013 at 11:23 am | Reply
    • Briana

      It's not the Jews own land. thats the problem. read a book.

      January 25, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Reply
  51. us2us

    "security clearance" uuuuuuuuuuuuu Is that a sale? 99% 0ff everything must go.

    January 25, 2013 at 11:02 am | Reply
  52. flickerman

    We just aren't killing enough of them. How about trying a virus. The CIA might have a good one. The evil herd needs to be thinned

    January 25, 2013 at 11:02 am | Reply
  53. McClure

    Message to Obama, You can fool some of the people some of the time but you can't fool all of the people all of the time!

    January 25, 2013 at 11:01 am | Reply
    • Tyler

      Unfortunately, most people these days are either losers receiving government handouts or losers employed by government. Doesn't bode well for the future of the nation.

      January 25, 2013 at 11:16 am | Reply
      • Briana

        or blatantly ignorant people, like you

        January 25, 2013 at 12:22 pm |
    • JOSH P.

      Oh like idiot BUSH said,fool me once,huh,huh,lol.

      January 25, 2013 at 11:53 am | Reply
    • bull

      Just curious, what'd be your message to Cheney/Bush?

      January 25, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  54. rad666

    al Qaeda?

    Must be a mistake. Bush and Obama said that spending billions to kill bin Laden would rid the world of al Qaeda.

    Was America lied to?

    January 25, 2013 at 11:01 am | Reply
    • flickerman

      Like ridding your kitchen of roaches by hitting each one seen with a shoe. The roaches outbreed and so do Muslims and cancer cells

      January 25, 2013 at 11:03 am | Reply
    • nomad2003

      and no attempts in US while Bush in office...

      And Obama said al Qaeda was all put wiped out....

      January 25, 2013 at 11:05 am | Reply
      • bull

        Is 9-11 still in your memory? Oh, guess you were born in 2003 from your name. So, grow up, kid...

        January 25, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
  55. Geezer

    Once again, you have your finger on the pulse of the obvious. Moktar said he was Al-Qaeda.

    January 25, 2013 at 11:00 am | Reply
  56. us2us

    I almost believe 1/4 of everything I see with my own eyes and that is a lie.

    January 25, 2013 at 10:59 am | Reply
  57. jimbob

    Looks like our fake enemy is up to no good again.

    January 25, 2013 at 10:54 am | Reply
  58. Don

    How can Obama be so sure? I heard it was a group of citizens who were indignant over a youtube video disparaging the Prophet. Time to find some poor clod and lock him up to prove to the Muslims we won't tolerate that kind of free speech. We could even get Hillary to appear before congress and cry some more.

    January 25, 2013 at 10:54 am | Reply
    • McClure

      My sentiments exactly! I thought according to Obama this group A Qaeda no longer existed since Bin Laden was killed!

      January 25, 2013 at 10:59 am | Reply
  59. rick1949

    Gee I though we took care of Osama Bin Ladin How is this happening?
    Is he really dead?

    January 25, 2013 at 10:50 am | Reply
  60. ireuel

    I thought it was Crab People. I know some won't get this one. Sorry.

    January 25, 2013 at 10:49 am | Reply
  61. Greg Faith


    January 25, 2013 at 10:38 am | Reply
    • ireuel

      Wait I thought they were decimated, oh yeah that was for politic theater. I guess thousands of years of history and blood shed can't be solved in a decade.

      January 25, 2013 at 10:46 am | Reply
  62. cdub2k

    Al Qaeda loves to take credit for killing Americans and random bombings. Don't you find it strange that they (Osama Bin Laden) vehemently denied any involvement in the 911 attacks? You mean to tell me that these people who seem proud to announce to the world that they were behind every random bombing wouldnt want credit and all the glory for killing 3,000+ on 911?

    911 was an inside job and a nice excuse for Bush to bypass Congress to go to war. They detonated all 3 buildings that day. And yes that 3rd building didnt even get hit with a plane because the 3rd plane that was supposed to hit it got shot down by the National Guard in Pennslyvania. They detonated it regardless.


    January 25, 2013 at 10:36 am | Reply
    • Mike

      I don't think so ... It could have been aliens though.

      January 25, 2013 at 10:39 am | Reply
    • James Scott

      That plane that crashed in Pennsylvania was en route to DC. You need to stop watching "X Files."

      January 25, 2013 at 10:52 am | Reply
    • 1gadawg

      damn, you guys are stupider than the birthers....

      January 25, 2013 at 10:59 am | Reply
    • James H.

      Huh?... I'd be interested to hear what you have to say about Elvis, the Illuminatti, Monstanto foods, little green men, elves, and why I keep getting one sock back from the dryer.

      January 25, 2013 at 11:11 am | Reply
    • Big Bob

      You might want to go back to the video tapes. So flerking stoopit!

      January 25, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Reply
    • Briana

      you are exactly right. let the hate messages begin

      January 25, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  63. aurelius

    Why is it that we don't automatically drone those camps when they are found?

    January 25, 2013 at 10:17 am | Reply
  64. Andrey

    Oh really?
    When doed CNN plan to open our eyes regarding al-Qaeda in Syria? Do we still have to believe al-Qaeda Spring is all about democracy and pro-democratic protesting? Waiting for your command...

    January 25, 2013 at 9:55 am | Reply
  65. tim

    Al qaeda is product of CIA

    January 25, 2013 at 9:24 am | Reply
    • Moose

      According to Bamman he has them on the run !!!!

      January 25, 2013 at 9:47 am | Reply
      • bananacrazy

        i honestly think they are in hiding!

        January 25, 2013 at 10:45 am |
    • OO7°``

      And you are a product of dementia.

      January 25, 2013 at 9:59 am | Reply
      • Chris

        Hey guy...he is technically right. The CIA trained Osama and a bunch of al qaeda during the russian, afgan war/conflict.

        January 25, 2013 at 10:46 am |
      • Briana

        you dont know anything about anything. of course the CIA started al qaeda. look it up. its a fact, not an opinion.

        January 25, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
    • Somali George

      Al Qaeda is a product of Somali pirates.

      January 25, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  66. George Patton

    Here go the right-wing thugs in Washington again, trying to scare the public into supporting another one of their useless and unnecessary wars. Today, Al Qaeda has all it can do just to survive. I only wish that the American public would stop falling for all this right-wing manure!!!

    January 25, 2013 at 9:19 am | Reply
    • Moose

      Wow, not even close

      January 25, 2013 at 9:50 am | Reply
    • Andrey

      Only surviving? Not with your help: they are flourishing!

      January 25, 2013 at 9:56 am | Reply
    • Goin Broke

      No need to worry about the "right-wing" (or left for that matter) anymore. The only 2 parties left are those who want free money, and those who have to provide it. Sit back and enjoy the ride until we run out of workers...

      January 25, 2013 at 10:59 am | Reply
    • 1gadawg

      it's your left wing socialist president that is the king of drones!!

      January 25, 2013 at 11:02 am | Reply
    • jim

      Uh, yeah, just like the Democrats got us into Iraq? Your Bush Derangement should have cured itself by now. Your guy won... twice. Move on.

      January 25, 2013 at 11:56 am | Reply
    • Big Bob

      Gee whiz, General! You mean the slight rethuglican majority in the house that represents 1/3 of the federal government?
      You're hired!

      January 25, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      you people don't get it when I said "Al Qaeda has all it can do just to survive". Al Qaeda has muslims behind them. As long as muslims are around Al Qaeda aka terrorism is not going to go away. Read between lines.

      January 25, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Reply
      • Big Bob

        Well, you prefaced with "right wing thugs" and ended with "right wing manure". The lines in between were BS. Now you sight Muslims. Bipolar much, General?

        January 25, 2013 at 1:25 pm |
  67. oldpatriot

    Is there anything that happens in the entire world where al-qaeda is not implicated ? There are terrorists under every rock and in every shadow, be afraid, be ever and for always afraid and look to the US government to save you from the terrible terrorist!

    January 25, 2013 at 9:18 am | Reply
  68. tv22

    Wow, we know more about this attack than we did about the two separate attacks on our consulate in Libya on 9/11. Amazing.

    January 25, 2013 at 9:12 am | Reply
    • ztom

      I can understand why though. This was not a government or military target. It was BP. No real secrets or anything to cover up.

      I think no matter what dog-and-pony show Congress and the State Department put on in the hearings, the bottom line is that there were things going on at our facility in Benghazi that are supposed to be secret. It happens all the time, and I realize it is a necessary evil. But in order for the US to not admit it openly, the State Dept had to come up with the awkward excuses they gave out. If rendition or interrogation or something going on there, it needed to be covered up and not announced to the world.

      Once again, it happens. That's the spy business. Americans have the right to know what is going on, but there are some things that need to be kept secret for national security reasons.

      January 25, 2013 at 10:44 am | Reply
      • oldpatriot

        That is an astute observation, illegal activities should not be allowed to be kept secret even for national security. As an American I dont want my tax dollars spent to rendition anyone, not to torture anyone regardless of the justification! If we must torture the world to protect ourselves perhaps we are protecting ourselves in the wrong way!

        January 25, 2013 at 10:51 am |
  69. are122

    The Obama Administration now believes the attack and hostage-taking at a natural gas plant in Algeria last week is the work of al Qaeda <~~~ Well a few months ago they believed they had decimated al Qaeda. Apparently their belief goes with the direction of the wind.

    January 25, 2013 at 9:11 am | Reply
    • oldpatriot

      The fear machine needs to keep running, so as soon as we vanquish the terror threat it will pop back up again somewhere else, thats how you make a never ending war on terror!

      January 25, 2013 at 9:20 am | Reply
  70. Willie12345

    How many Government Employees did it take to make that determination ? WE are so screwed !

    January 25, 2013 at 9:09 am | Reply
  71. Al

    What a surprise, the only ones trying to tell themselves that it was not al qaeda are the insiders in Washington, they figured if they were to say it enough it would not be factual.

    January 25, 2013 at 9:06 am | Reply
  72. chetan

    What difference does it make?? They all are like that !!

    January 25, 2013 at 8:43 am | Reply
    • Hugh Jass

      "What difference does it make?? They all are like that !!" Are you in high school or something? They outnumber Christians. If every Muslim was against us, we'd be fighting for our lives and paying twenty bucks a gallon for gas. Pretending they are all radicals is silly.

      January 25, 2013 at 11:42 am | Reply
      • jim

        "What difference does it make" is a Hillary Clinton reference to her failures re: Benghazi. But if you read CNN, you won't get actual, you know, news.

        January 25, 2013 at 11:58 am |
  73. Badly-Bent

    al-queda is vermin. The world will exterminate them where ever they are and should also exterminate anyone who sympathizes with al-queda ideology.

    January 25, 2013 at 8:03 am | Reply
    • Bibi Your Master

      What a dork B-B . . . .haven't you figured it out yet? We don't care who know it . . . .but WE ARE AL Qaeda!!

      Yeah . . . I sure love stu-pud'er animals/goyim like Bad-B . . . . just keep the money coming in while we take away your guns. We've already taken most of your freedoms away and we're coming after your guns now.

      al Qaeda is the CIA and CIA is the mossad – we're it . . . we're the boogieman . . . we're your worst nightmare.

      we're the zine-0-ists and we are your masters . . . . just keep your hard-earned money rolling in to us while we have you kill off all the towel heads for us.

      January 25, 2013 at 8:07 am | Reply
      • empresstrudy

        You win the crazy paranoid racist antisemitc post of day award. And for CNN that's breathtaking.

        January 25, 2013 at 8:28 am |
      • stan

        my my, calling your own people towel heads while you attempt to pass yourself off as an israeli. same old crap you spew every day as if anyone actually believes you are anything but a pathetic muslim/palestinian whiner. but if you wish to denigrate your own, feel free. we actually agree with you on that. and the palestinian mantra goes on, and on and on: " woe is me, woe is me, everyone but us is responsible for our misery"

        January 25, 2013 at 8:31 am |
      • OO7°``

        You need to step outside your meth lab and get some fresh air.

        January 25, 2013 at 10:07 am |
      • Dave

        Bibi your Master... somehow you just have to stop listening to Dylan singing, "Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues"

        January 25, 2013 at 11:00 am |
    • DickPerry

      So you want to exterminate US then since it uses terrorist tactics when killing civilians with drones. The double tap tactic that CIA has learned terrorist groups all over the world. CIA uses it on civilians that tries to rescue those who are attacked by drones and thats a war crime.

      January 25, 2013 at 8:20 am | Reply
  74. jim

    Wait, president Obama basically said "Mission Accomplished" against Al Qaeda. So this news simply cannot be true, because He has said so.

    January 25, 2013 at 7:52 am | Reply
    • OO7°``

      No one ever said Al Qaeda was destroyed. Bin Laden's death was a major blow to them but it did not kill the network. They are still going strong.

      January 25, 2013 at 10:04 am | Reply
      • Vidyashanti

        You are right.
        The first generation AL Qaeda was destroyed.
        They have rolling leadership and spread all around in Islamic countries particularly where governments are weak.
        They are not going away. It will require major coordinated major efforts for a decade.
        We will need lots of money, manpower and help from other nations.

        January 25, 2013 at 10:52 am |
    • US Dollars

      I must have missed that..

      Was he standing on an aircraft carrier with a big banner behind him, wearing a fly-boy suit that he never wore in real life because he skipped out of Vietnam when daddy assigned him to the national guard – but there are no records of him actually showing up?

      Is that what Obama said?

      January 25, 2013 at 10:31 am | Reply
    • Vidyashanti

      No, Obama never said those words. Our dear Bush II said that after bombing Iraq.

      January 25, 2013 at 10:55 am | Reply
    • Hugh Jass

      " president Obama basically said "Mission Accomplished" against Al Qaeda"

      That was Dum Dubya, the Worst President Ever, who said that. Obama said we had them on the run, which FOX jumped on and said proved Obama was a Muslim. They also said the fact that he eats food proves he's a Muslim. You guys seem to be having a complete psychotic break with reality since Hillary tweaked your noses. Cut back on the oxycontin.

      January 25, 2013 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • jim

      At least three people here don't understand irony. Sigh

      January 25, 2013 at 11:59 am | Reply


    January 25, 2013 at 7:48 am | Reply
    • johnk

      Your comment is funny yet true. Unfortunately, our politicians keep blundering along making the same bad mistakes and bad foreign policy decisions again and again. How interesting it is now this govt wants to deflect to more gun control laws, immigration reforms, gay and lesbian rights. Forget the economy and financial mess and mismanagement that not important, Again, fools run the ship of state!

      January 25, 2013 at 11:21 am | Reply
      • Hugh Jass

        "orget the economy and financial mess and mismanagement that not important, Again, fools run the ship of state!"

        Sonny, they have to run the whole country. That IS the ship of state. One day of free fall could make a dollar worth fifty cents and gas go up to five bucks. How about you let the grownups talk, ok?

        January 25, 2013 at 11:36 am |
  76. Abdulfatah Maradi

    Now you understand that it is linked to Mali not Libya . Put in your mind that Libya is the only north african country in which the islamists have lost the elections & the reason is very clear , most rebels are secular & hate islamists. So please Iran & al-assad spies wash your mouths million times before speaking about Libya. Do not forget that your ideology is the same as al-qaeda anti-western ideology .

    January 25, 2013 at 7:22 am | Reply
    • Badly-Bent

      "...most rebels are secular & hate islamists" Who told you that B.S.?

      January 25, 2013 at 8:05 am | Reply
      • Abdulfatah Maradi

        The answer is there. Open your eyes & read the whole comment !

        January 25, 2013 at 9:36 am |
    • Hugh Jass

      In case you don't know the backstory, Khadafy practically created Libya; it's never been a 'real country' until now. With him gone, the people are trying to create a culture they can all live with. Anything could happen.

      January 25, 2013 at 11:32 am | Reply
  77. Mike Lake Orion Michigan

    Didn't Obama state Al Qaeda was on the run?

    January 25, 2013 at 7:18 am | Reply
    • OO7°``

      On the run does not mean dead.

      January 25, 2013 at 10:05 am | Reply
  78. olaf

    how long do you plan on riding this "al quaeda" thing?

    January 25, 2013 at 6:53 am | Reply


      January 25, 2013 at 7:48 am | Reply
    • Badly-Bent

      Until they are all dead.

      January 25, 2013 at 8:06 am | Reply
    • lolwut

      Until the Bill of Rights is destroyed

      January 25, 2013 at 11:16 am | Reply
      • Hugh Jass

        Bush already trashed the Bill of rights, remember? He said it would help fight terrorism, and you were enthusiastic about making him a king. Now each new president is a king, and you are not happy? Remember when you said Bush was our unelected president and opposing His Will was treason?

        January 25, 2013 at 11:26 am |
    • Hugh Jass

      Are you admitting that it was Cheney, not al-Qaeda, that hit the WTC? I always suspected that. Good to know.

      January 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  79. UnFred

    It's like all the worlds problems "al qaeda" when big business interests are involved. How convenient.

    January 25, 2013 at 6:45 am | Reply
    • Kerry

      Well put, UnFed. You said it all!

      January 25, 2013 at 9:14 am | Reply
    • Hugh Jass

      Ho hum, right, the USA always covers up for BP and Algeria. You FOX boys are so tiresome.

      January 25, 2013 at 11:34 am | Reply
  80. what?! again !??

    i understand that one of the terr gangs just lost their 2nd in command for the one hundreth time thias month.[i forget which one,but they are all the same what ever name they call themselves]

    January 25, 2013 at 6:44 am | Reply
    • indep100

      al Qaeda appoints people that are to be terminated with prejudice to 2nd in command.

      January 25, 2013 at 11:22 am | Reply
      • Hugh Jass

        Right, we kill them as soon as they poke their mole heads up, bam! Now tell me again how we are soft on terrorism.

        January 25, 2013 at 11:28 am |
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