As the world waits for the dust to settle and the facts to emerge surrounding Algeria’s attempt to rescue hostages taken at a gas plant, Algerian state news is now reporting that 23 hostages were killed in the crisis, along with 32 of their captors.

Even the White House called the hostage situation a terrorist attack, but CNN held back today, choosing to enclose the word “terrorists” in quotation marks in its tweet and the associated report.

At least one American hostage, Frederick Buttacio of Katy, Texas, was reported dead yesterday.

  • dwsmokin

    Hmm, Americans attacked in Libya-no American response. Americans taken hostage in Algeria, Algerians storm compound while no American response. I guess the lesson here is, if you’re American, don’t get attacked or kidnapped abroad-your government will do nothing for you.

  • William J. Miller

    Saharan, and Sub-saharan governments tend to change hands on a monthly basis. Yet, they are trusted to handle a highly sensitive, terrorism-related, hostage situation. Great job State and Defense departments.

  • nc

    Years ago when I used to travel abroad, I always felt the protection of being an American. I wouldn’t feel that way anymore.

  • TocksNedlog

    Hey Twitchy, on the home page you wrote this headline:
    23 Hostages Killed In Gas Plant ‘Rescue’
    Question: Why did you put quotes around “rescue”?
    They rescued the plant, didn’t they?