Malgeria Crisis Update

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The situation in MalgeriaTM continues to remain uncertain but the following updates should provide some color as to where they stand currently (and a primer on the initial French intervention). Critically, Stratfor warns that the escalation in Algeria will possibly lead to further militants crossing the Mali border, further endangering Westerners and energy infrastructure (which is important as Algeria is one of the largest exports of light, sweet crude oil in the world and a significant natural gas exporter to Europe).

 

Stratfor 3-minute Primer:

 

Update:

1) In general there is chaos as FranceTV put it "it is very confusing, with no official confirmation of any of the actions being reported on"

 

 

2) Up to 35 (of the 44) Hostages have apparently been killed in the Algerian rescue (retake) operation, with hostages freed (one Irishman);
2a) All 8 of the hostage-takers have apparently been killed

Who is Mokhtar Belmokhtar?

 

3) A US Drone is now on site to take a look for the first time;

4) The UK's Cameron was not informed before the Algerian operation (and wanted to be consulted);

5) Stratfor's concern is that Algeria's action will bring more militants across the border and threaten more Westerners and energy production

There are hundreds of smaller oil and gas fields in between, to the west of In Amenas and around the central desert region surrounding In Salah. Algeria lacks the capacity to provide a robust security presence for all of these sites, nor can it afford to suspend operations given the aggressive oil and gas production expansions planned for 2013. Algeria cannot maintain a permanent security presence at every production site across its territory, but as evidenced by the Jan.16 attack, they are capable of quickly organizing regional security forces at sites of unrest.

 

6) BP is pulling all non-essential staff out

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Thu, 01/17/2013 - 13:03 | 3162706 LawsofPhysics
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The battle for control of Africa's resources continues.  A non-event.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 13:07 | 3162728 bigdumbnugly
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(and a primer on the initial French intervention)

 

asses and elbows?

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 13:09 | 3162735 Zymurguy
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Oh shit, are we following the French into another conflict?  Time to burn the draft cards.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 13:16 | 3162765 Desert Irish
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Go long white flags...

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 13:28 | 3162835 Oh regional Indian
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Algeria, the next 33rd paralle country in NA to go.

 

As predicted in March 2011....

Clear plan the globalist bastards are working towards...

http://aadivaahan.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/axis-of-evil-doing/

ori

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 13:56 | 3162991 redpill
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Supposedly the ring leader of this Al Qaeda sect is named Lennay Kekua

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 14:04 | 3163034 Stackers
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Nice call on trade marking Malergia, Tyler .... ROFL

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 15:31 | 3163434 RafterManFMJ
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Supposedly the ring leader of this Al Qaeda sect is named Lennay Kekua

 

Can't be! She died last year of a Brain Cloud after inspiring Obama to score 7 goals in the Supper Bowl.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 14:04 | 3163033 magpie
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I have no idea what crew you are working with, but certain people will remember a pamphlet with a bullseye drawn on it.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 15:30 | 3163428 Panafrican Funk...
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In the event anyone would like to know some other shit at stake here:

http://www.spyghana.com/the-war-on-mali-what-you-should-know-an-eldorado...

I have read a couple of other posters (esp. CPL) comment on the uranium mining/processing, but let's also not forget, there's a lot of gold to be had here too. 

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 13:33 | 3162860 Never One Roach
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white flags?...sorry, all my money is tied up in Japanese diapers.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 13:50 | 3162955 Divided States ...
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Well honestly, the Westerners were never invited and shouldnt have been there in the first place so...yeah everyone is fair game if he's standing in the middle of the room in a full blown bar fight.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 13:57 | 3162985 trav777
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oh so the west invaded to put all that infrastructure there? 

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 14:11 | 3163063 Divided States ...
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Youre right Trav but its all qpq, and dont forget the chinkos too.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 14:13 | 3163075 trav777
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wtf are you talking about?!!?

ZOMG we're oppressing the africans with running water and electricity

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 14:55 | 3163276 taxpayer102
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Until the Story of the hunt is told by the Lion, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.  
                                                                                 - African Proverb

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 15:35 | 3163450 RafterManFMJ
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And then my Jug-Eared God gave me a magic rock that speaks and allows me to speak with those from another tribe many day's walk away; until said day when my magic rock is taken from me, I'll worship at the voting booth, forever.

-African Proverb

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 16:51 | 3163765 lemonobrien
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those people arn't as stupid as you think; they just niggas trapped by the gun, like us, but no benefits of the dollar hegemony; they on the other-side of the stick.

 

your attitude is american arrogance and the reason the niggas will succeed in freeing themselves from our bondage.

 

long live da nigga, may he prosper and live in peace.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:00 | 3163799 RafterManFMJ
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We're all niggas now...

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:10 | 3164303 lemonobrien
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that's why i use the word so much. seems fitting.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 14:12 | 3163067 dbTX
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Irish, do you mean long false flags?

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:00 | 3163801 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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Can anyone say "pretext"?

There are still a small number of countries where the US Military does not yet have a base, isn't invading, and isn't yet bombing. We're trying for a .1000 batting average here folks.

I heard there are some people in Greenland saying anti-American shit...and there are some dodgy emails coming from Easter Island. Invade.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 15:54 | 3163523 CompassionateFascist
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French Army has longest losing streak in the history of human institutions. Will they break it here? So exciting. 

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 13:21 | 3162795 old naughty
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In French, they'd say; 'Deja vu'.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 13:27 | 3162823 TPTB_r_TBTF
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Whenever Europe starts a war,

they call on the US to help.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 14:50 | 3163250 King_Julian
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Cue Gorgon Stare deployment, now,now,...now.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorgon_Stare

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 13:49 | 3162947 SWRichmond
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Oh shit, are we following the French into another conflict?  Time to burn the draft cards.

For sale: used French military rifles, never fired, only dropped once.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 13:56 | 3162986 Volaille de Bresse
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"For sale: used French military rifles, never fired, only dropped once."

 

Well WE've never done this... :

http://www.google.fr/search?num=10&hl=fr&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&b...

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 15:40 | 3163244 Terminus C
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never?

The French never slaughtered innocent people?

hmmm...

The benevolant empire of France...  Right.

I too sometimes get tired of the jeuvenile "France always surrenders or runs away" meme because it displays a lack of intellectual fortitude that plagues our society.  But to suggest that France has never committed a similar atrocity demonstrates the same close-mindedness.

 

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 16:40 | 3163721 Panafrican Funk...
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1038453/The-French-Fuhrer-Genoci...

Haiti around 1800 was the world's richest colony, a slave-powered export factory which produced almost two-thirds of the world's coffee and almost half its sugar. 

The black slaves were lashed and beaten to work and forced to wear tin muzzles to prevent them from eating the sugar cane. 

If the slaves were fractious, they were roasted over slow fires, or filled with gunpowder and blown to pieces.

When the slaves began to fight for their freedom, under the leadership of a charismatic African military genius called Toussaint L'Ouverture, Napoleon sent 10,000 crack troops under the command of his brother-inlaw, General Leclerc, to crush Toussaint and restore slavery.

In 1802, a vast programme of ethnic cleansing was put in place. Napoleon banned inter-racial marriages and ordered that all white women who'd had any sort of relationship with a black or mulatto (person of mixed race) be shipped to France. 

He further commanded the killing of as many blacks in Haiti as possible, to be replaced by new, more docile slaves from Africa.

The French troops were under orders to kill all blacks over the age of 12. However, younger children were also killed - stabbed to death, put in sandbags and dropped into the sea.

The Haitians fought to the death for independence, which they finally declared in 1804.

Prisoners on both sides were regularly tortured and killed, and their heads were mounted on the walls of stockades or on spikes beside the roads.

Non-combatants, too, were raped and slaughtered. According to contemporary accounts, the French used dogs to rip black prisoners to pieces before a crowd at an amphitheatre.

Allegdly on Napoleon's orders, sulphur was extracted from Haitian volcanoes and burned to produce poisonous sulphur dioxide, which was then used to gas black Haitians in the holds of ships - more than 100,000 of them, according to records.

The use of these primitive gas chambers was confirmed by contemporaries. Antoine Metral, who in 1825 published his history of the French expedition to Haiti, writes of piles of dead bodies everywhere, stacked in charnel-houses.

 

'We varied the methods of execution,' wrote Metral. 'At times, we pulled heads off; sometimes a ball and chain was put at the feet to allow drowning; sometimes they were gassed in the ships by sulphur.

'When the cover of night was used to hide these outrages, those walking along the river could hear the noisy monotone of dead bodies being dropped into the sea.'

A contemporary historian, who sailed with the punitive expedition, wrote that: 'We invented another type of ship where victims of both sexes were piled up, one against the other, suffocated by sulphur.'

These were prison ships with gas chambers called etouffiers, or 'chokers', which asphyxiated the blacks, causing them terrible suffering

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 16:52 | 3163757 akak
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Allegdly on Napoleon's orders, sulphur was extracted from Haitian volcanoes and burned to produce poisonous sulphur dioxide, which was then used to gas black Haitians in the holds of ships - more than 100,000 of them, according to records.

Somehow, I feel compelled to point out that there are NO volcanoes in Haiti, either active or extinct.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 16:47 | 3163748 Panafrican Funk...
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Funny that you fail to mention the reason WHY THE FUCK FRANCE WAS IN VIETNAM TO BEGIN WITH.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:01 | 3163806 Panafrican Funk...
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Dear French guy,

Where did Michelin get all the rubber for it's tires?

Hint:  Not from the fucking French countryside.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 15:36 | 3163456 RafterManFMJ
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I like you SWRichmond, I admire your honesty! Hell, you can come over to my house and **** my sister!

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:18 | 3164097 deKevelioc
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Don't be ungrateful to the nation that made the US possible.  You don't believe in the fairytale of George Washigton's army beating the British.  Do you?

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 13:21 | 3162766 falak pema
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Nope this is definitely escalation bigtime. The Algerian event indicates they are going for the big targets; oil/gas fields.

Its like the Tet offensive in Nam. I'm surprised, as since the 90s the Algerian army has protected its oil/gas sites very well during their civil war with the GIA/Salafists. 

According to french sources a whole regiment is supposed to guard this EN AMenas site; and they didn't.

This guy Ben Mokhtar is supposed to be an Algerian secret service agent reinflitrated into the Salafist movement by the Algerian secret police; as posted in this article :

How Washington helped foster the Islamist uprising in Mali -- New Internationalist

This attack knocks a big hole into that thesis. We don't know who is fifth column and who is true Salafist. Every man for himself or a concerted cross continent nebulous with a coordinated Al Qaeda type organisation in Sahel?

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 13:22 | 3162793 Flakmeister
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Just wait for the Call of Duty version to come out and clear things up... No later than next Christmas....

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 13:26 | 3162812 NidStyles
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I like how you always 'appear' to be an expert on random foreign geo-political entanglements. That sort of makes me wonder what it is that you do, and who pays you.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 13:32 | 3162854 Flakmeister
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Lord knows, nobody would be stupid enough to consider paying you to pose as an expert in anything...

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 13:39 | 3162895 otto skorzeny
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excellent playground banter

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 13:50 | 3162957 Flakmeister
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Yeah, it's a slow day... And based on his comment below re: oil wells, it is entirely appropriate...

 

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 14:07 | 3163052 walküre
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Speaking of "experts" and "oil" and so on and so forth .. Der Spiegel ran a story today on a supposedly "secret" study conducted by BND about how the US will be a net oil and gas exporter by 2020 due to the massive exploration in shale oil and gas. BND (the German equivalent to CIA) is making the case that China would be the biggest loser in this scenario and how the US would eventually stop all imports from the ME. What's your take on this?

http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/bnd-studie-zu-oelvorkommen-der-usa...

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 14:24 | 3163081 hedgeless_horseman
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Speaking of "experts" and "oil" and so on and so forth...What's your take on this?

http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2012-12-17/fracking-responsible-big-boost-us-crude-production

I am going to go out on a limb and guess that there is big shale in Malgeria.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 14:40 | 3163198 walküre
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Is fracking any better than extracting oil from bitumen (tar sands)? Neither is sustainable very long because of the high cost of production and the relative quick depletion of the resource. How many acres of shale fields can be liquified ongoing without causing massive damage to the environment is what I'm thinking. Nevermind the question on how to purify the polluted water from the extraction process. How long are we talking here? Maybe 20 years tops. Then what? By then the convential oil fields are also nearly depleted.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 14:15 | 3163083 trav777
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possible with gas.

Oil?  We'd have to be consuming WAY less.  Our import gap is 10mbpd+.

If someone is trying to convince you that shale is a 10mbpd resource, short them with both fists.

Perhaps they assume massive substitution of oil btus for gas across our economy.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 14:47 | 3163160 hedgeless_horseman
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If someone is trying to convince you that shale is a 10mbpd resource, short them with both fists.

...and do not look at this Crude Oil Production chart chart:

http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2012-12-17/fracking-responsible-big-boost-us-crude-production

 

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 14:56 | 3163279 walküre
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Covering "Malgeria" and the Sahara Desert with solar panels should be our primary goal. Instead of wasting our collective time and productivity to extract oil and gas from rocks, we could have infrastructure and technology in place to either store the photovoltaic energy or transport without incurring the losses we have with conventional landlines for example.

The sun shines in the desert. It's hotter than hell and our only obstacles are distance, wind and sand. It's fucked up that we're stuck in this unsustainable paradigm where all bets are on fossil fuels.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 15:54 | 3163529 Flakmeister
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Far too reasonable an idea, but FWIW  Spain works just as well...

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 14:56 | 3163280 walküre
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Covering "Malgeria" and the Sahara Desert with solar panels should be our primary goal. Instead of wasting our collective time and productivity to extract oil and gas from rocks, we could have infrastructure and technology in place to either store the photovoltaic energy or transport without incurring the losses we have with conventional landlines for example.

The sun shines in the desert. It's hotter than hell and our only obstacles are distance, wind and sand. It's fucked up that we're stuck in this unsustainable paradigm where all bets are on fossil fuels.

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