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Algeria Monitor: Tracking the BP Hostage Crisis

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Estimate differ but even at the lower end a number of lives are at risk:

The man behind the group claiming responsibility for the attack and kidnappings is a veteran jihadist known for seizing hostages.

Moktar Belmoktar, an Algerian who lost an eye while fighting in Afghanistan in his teens, has long been a target of French counter-terrorism forces. Libyan sources said he spent several months in Libya in 2011, exploring cooperation with local jihadist groups and securing weapons.

The attackers put the number of hostages at “more than 40,” including seven Americans, two French, two British and other Europeans. Another Islamist group told the Mauritanian News Agency there were 41 “Westerners.”

However, the Algerian Press Service reported that “a little more than 20 foreign nationals are held hostage.”

The Algeria Monitor has been been tracking this story well. It’s tracking any mention of the country, discussions about Islamists in the country, and the US Embassy there.

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Pakistan Monitor – Tracking the Anti-Islam Film Backlash

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Violent clashes around the US embassy today:

Several people have died in protests in the past week against the film in the Middle East and North Africa.

The BBC’s Aleem Maqbool in Islamabad says some protesters have said they will not leave the diplomatic enclave until the US embassy is on fire.

However, he has not yet seen any evidence of the army’s arrival.

The Covert Contact Pakistan Monitor is picking up much of this activity (as are the dedicated embassy and consulate monitors). It is currently tracking discussions about the government, issues related to Afghanistan, and Islamists. As active as it is now it promises to be even more active during Friday’s scheduled protests.

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France Fears Muslim Backlash with Cartoon Release – Live Streams Added

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Embassies will be closed in 20 countries:

The French foreign ministry announced Wednesday that France will close 20 of its embassies in Muslim countries this Friday following the publication of controversial Prophet Mohammed cartoons by satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Major protests in the Muslim world generally take place after Friday prayers.

The illustrations, which show the Prophet Mohammed naked and refer to the incendiary US-made film which has been fueling deadly unrest among Muslim communities for over a week, hit newsstands across France on Wednesday.

The magazine’s editor, Stephane Charbonnier, told reporters that the pictures, which are printed on the back page, will “shock those who will want to be shocked.”

Covert Contact is already monitoring embassies and consulates around the globe but a new France Monitor has been rolled out to give more focus to this event. This monitor tracks discussions about the French government, their embassies and consulates, and discussions about France and Islam/muslims.

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Embassy and Consulate Protests Widen – Global Live Streams Added

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The German embassy in Sudan is reportedly on fire. Protesters have hit the UK embassy there as well too. Cairo is tense as are several other locations. So, we’ve rolled out a version of the US Embassy and Consulate Attack Monitor that picks up similar chatter about any nation’s embassies or consulates worldwide.

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US Embassy Attacks Spread to Yemen – Covert Contact Monitoring

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And now Yemen:

Turmoil in the Arab world linked to an American-made video denigrating the Prophet Muhammad spread on Thursday to Yemen, where hundreds of protesters attacked the American Embassy, two days after assailants killed four Americans in Libya, including the ambassador, and crowds tried to overrun the embassy compound in Cairo.

The Covert Contact Yemen monitor is picking up much of the chatter on this event. It currently monitors discussions about the the government of Yemen, military-intelligence-security issues related to the country, and mentions of conflict. Subscribers can find the monitor on under “Locations”.

Many of our monitors are picking up these events but we recommend keeping an eye on the new US Embassy and Consulate Attack Monitor for a global perspective and breaking events.

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Live Streaming Algeria – Monitoring Islamists and the U.S. Embassy

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The Covert Contact Algeria Monitor is tracking any mentions of the country, discussions about Islamists, and any references to an attack on the U.S. embassy there. Subscribers can find it under “Locations” on their main menu.

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US Embassy and Consulate Attack Monitor

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With protest and attacks heating up around the Middle East and North Africa we’ve decided that a global U.S. Embassy and Consulate attack monitor is in order. Subscribers will find it on their menus right now under “Topics”. This monitor is looking for any mentions of U.S. embassies or consulates and any references to attacks on them anywhere in the world.

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Live Streaming Tunisia – US Embassy Protests Planned

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The embassy is bracing for additional protests – or worse:

In an emergency message, the embassy in Tunis warned Americans to avoid crowded places, saying that even gatherings ā€œintended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.ā€ The embassy in Algiers had similar advice.

Covert Contact subscribers will find a new Tunisia Monitor in the “Locations” section of their main menu. This monitor is streaming mentions of Tunisia, Islamists, and the U.S. embassy there.

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Live Streaming Libya – US Ambassador Killed in Benghazi Attack

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The Covert Contact Libya Monitor is wildly active after news of a deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi:

Senior officials in Libya on Wednesday condemned the killing of the U.S. ambassador to the country and three other Americans by armed protesters in a furor over an anti-Muslim video.

The mob sacked the U.S. Consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday, killing Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three U.S. government employees. The attack came hours after a demonstration in Cairo, where protesters scaled the wall of the U.S. Embassy and pulled down the American flag in anger over the video, produced in the United States, which protesters said mocked the prophet Muhammad.

The monitor is currently tracking the Libya government, Islamists, and weapons proliferation issues and relevant intelligence is flowing in all three streams. Related monitors (Terrorism, al-Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood) are picking up chatter as well.

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