Hostage crisis highlights a seemingly emboldened Al Qaeda
Insight on what led up to Algeria attack
- Duration 5:48
- Date Jan 18, 2013
Insight on what led up to Algeria attack
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Reports out of Algeria that about sixty hostages are not yet accounted for but as we await for this to play out.
This is some of the latest video out of Algeria see some of the hostages now many of whom we understand had been flown out of Algeria.
Some in route to London now with regard to radicals in northern Africa.
KT McFarland predicted this a month ago when she was asked about the -- and Ben Ghazi Libya.
Now what is the lesson -- try to -- -- -- Once again no consequences and that's the Americans -- -- fighting each other not us so I think -- and we've become we will allow them to become emboldened -- this is in the.
Effectively in life for continuing.
To attack Americans.
Now some have drawn a comparison between then Ghazi analogy area KT McFarland with us now also to his general Jack -- Retired four star general former vice chief of staff of the army and good morning to both the view -- -- -- start -- you explain your point that you're making now with regard to Algeria and what's happening.
Well if you -- -- -- Slater right we still have brought nobody did justice for -- Gaza we don't even have anybody arrested and interrogating them.
And so what signal does that send it sends a signal that Americans don't come to protect their own you can -- Americans you can attack American soil.
America doesn't do anything to help you and why -- -- important because -- back to 1998.
The US embassies two of them in East Africa were attacked we didn't retaliate the USS Cole was bombed.
In the -- the court and we didn't retaliate as a result of some of the lot himself came out their recruitment video saying.
-- -- not Americans can recruit.
Come tell Americans they don't retire at their response.
And then you have September 11 so I think by doing the same thing again now we're -- -- that same trap and although this was not an attack against Americans it was an attack against west.
The general man has a point about how the nature of al-Qaeda attacks could be changing now.
And I -- explain that general do you agree with the -- the Kate he's making there.
-- I absolutely.
But we did retaliate in the NBA we we -- some bombs up and Afghanistan.
As a result of the embassy bombings.
That had -- -- no effect on the al-Qaeda in Afghanistan but anyway.
Back -- -- point.
That it would be yes let it could be because the fact of the matter is their strategic objective bill has always been to drive the west and specifically.
The United States out of the region so they can dominate it.
And -- in the past most of these attacks have been government related facilities or forces.
Economic interests which are very strong between the United States and west in the Middle East and this is -- and attacked natural gas facility of our -- one.
Economic interest of the west and United States.
This is an attack on that facility they promise.
And they have stated -- as recently as yesterday that they intend to do more attacks like this that's interesting we'll see if that's the case on -- signatures -- point to make.
For our viewers at home this is the point of interest here.
About 2030 miles just west of the Libyan border Algeria has dealt with a Islamist for the past forty years and I -- -- they go on with a heavy hand as we saw yesterday based on the reports out of -- -- you have these reports of the French.
Where the US is now supporting -- northern -- taken islamists there who have taken.
Control of half of that country you've got an ongoing situation here in Libya with -- Ghazi right about here on the map.
And then who knows about the future in -- this whole area now.
Is being talked about being discussed but again Algeria is the focus for the moment and -- with regard to how the Algerian government reacted.
I think many western governments rely you know hang off.
You know don't go in with the heavy -- -- but -- -- that what went when they get challenges by islamists they do not mess around is that the best strategy perhaps maybe for that government.
Or for that country to stand up and say no it's not gonna happen here.
Well remember -- Syria thought out brutal war in the 1990s with Islamic extremists.
Islamic extremists who were so brutal that they were back heading priests Seve is the so the -- -- wanna have this.
This again so they having do something very swift and brutal and very effective and I think they did.
Much less regard for hostages -- be great if they rescued them but the Algerian government they wanted to go in and squash al-Qaeda.
And to make the point that they could protect that vital economic interest of -- From any kind of an attack so they had a very different objective going and going quickly don't ask any questions.
Just -- the guys.
Who are taking over their site.
Curious enough from the general from a military standpoint it.
Would you support that reaction.
While the United States wouldn't do it that way certainly we we can be as responsive as they are.
Certainly in terms.
Acting on this situation.
But we would.
-- techniques and tactics that we use would.
Would be to protect the -- -- at the same time take control and and kill -- the terrorists as many as we could.
But this week we train our people would special techniques available to deal.
With protecting those hostages as best we possibly -- every single mission we go into we run about eight to ten missions every night in Afghanistan would normally with.
Civilians in the area and we try our very best to kill and capture and do no harm that's the way we would approach this time.
The AP is reporting a hundred of the 132 have been freed.
I would regard to the foreign hostages there but there were hundreds of algerians -- as well Brian we believe they are free and we'll see.
And wait for more developments Katie thank you can hijacking thanks to you -- ended --