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North American accented English speaking westerners reported as leaders of Algerian hostage crisis and Mali jihadi resistance.

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English-speaking jihadis seen in Mali, as a Canadian is reported to have co-ordinated Algeria attack.

Canada is investigating an allegation by the Algerian Prime Minister that one of its citizens co-ordinated the terror raid at the Saharan gas plant in which dozens of hostages were killed.

Westerners, including a man with blond hair and blue eyes, are believed to have been among the Islamist militants who launched last week's attack on the Tigantourine complex near Algeria's border with Libya.

A French jihadist, previously unknown to authorities, and two Canadians are suspected to have been involved in the hostage-taking, and reports also claim that a man with a Western accent was among the extremists who lured terrified gas workers from their rooms during the hostage crisis.

Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal told reporters that a man, judged "by his English accent" to have been Canadian, was among the 32 Islamists whose raid on the Algerian refinery prompted a global crisis. One of the Canadians, identified only as "Shaddad", is alleged to have played a leading role in the attack which left 58 hostages - including 37 Westerners - dead after a four-day battle with Algerian forces. Five further Western workers are still unaccounted for. "A Canadian was among the militants," Mr Sellal said. "He was co-ordinating the attack."

The militant group also included men from Tunisia, Egypt, Mauritania and Niger, Mr Sellal said. At least 29 Islamists from eight nationalities were killed in the operation to end the siege, with the remaining three captured alive. The make up of the attacking group - an al-Qa'ida splinter brigade who call themselves "Those Who Signed in Blood" - will be carefully examined as security experts try to assess the scale of the terror threat across North and West Africa.

Concern at the international composition of the Algerian kidnap brigade will be compounded by reports from residents in Diabaly, Mali, that Islamists who overran the town last week contained English-speakers and militants of European appearance. Speaking toThe Independent yesterday after French and Malian forces had retaken the town, student Amadu Dumbia said: "I definitely heard them and there's no chance that I made a mistake with another language. They spoke like they were from England, but had darker skins."

Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the leader of the group who is suspected of masterminding the gas plant attack from outside Algeria, yesterday warned that there would be more attacks on those participating in the military campaign in neighbouring Mali. In a statement to a radio station in Mauritania, which received regular communications from the militants during the In Amenas plant siege, the Algerian-born militant said: "We warn all the states who took part in the Crusader campaign against the Azwad region [northern Mali] that if they do not retreat from their decision there will be more operations."

He also insisted that the brigade which undertook the attack was not local, saying "only five Algerians" took part in the attack and "none of them were locals from the city".

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One of the hostage takers was a North American who took part in the killing of numerous Japanese workers, the AFP agency reported. An Algerian employee of a Japanese engineering firm working at the site, identified as Riad said the Islamist attackers shot three Japanese who were in a bus, then went straight to the rooms occupied by the Japanese.

"One terrorist shouted 'Open the door' with a North American accent, then fired," he told AFP. "Two other Japanese died and we found four other Japanese bodies inside the base."

One of the kidnappers was tall, blond with blue or green eyes and spoke English, an Algerian military source told the Norwegian dailyAftenposten. Norway's Statoil energy company was one of the two foreign firms operating at the gas complex.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/terror-in-north-africa-are-westerners-pulling-the-strings-8460832.html

Well, well, well.

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What am I supposed to take out of this?

I mean I can think for myself, but that's not the point of posting this, obviously.

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What am I supposed to take out of this?

I mean I can think for myself, but that's not the point of posting this, obviously.

Make of it what you will. I don't tell anyone what to think.

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Hardly surprising, these people are socialists with national health care.

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strangely enough there are, in fact, "Westerners" who end up Islamic extremists... and many times, these extremists aren't poorly educated baffoons, which may explain why some of them probably spoke like they were from England, even though they had "darker skins."

Or maybe it's a false flag.

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The threat from the great white north is real: Canadians have lulled the USA into complacency with their polite demeanor and inoffensive maple leaf flag, while secretly massing over 80% of their population within 100 miles of the US border, no doubt keeping the remaining 20% in reserve to repel a possible counter attack.

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Meh.... Desert Storm babies have grown up. Buncha young adults with serious daddy issues.

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