Sat Jan 19, 2013 5:45PM GMT

To watch this interview with Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the
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“I feel that this is a very explosive situation and it could in fact
in the long-term involve other forces in this overall operation that
is taking place right now inside of Algeria.”

A political analyst tells Press TV that Algeria is in a very explosive
situation and it could in fact in the long-term involve other forces
in this overall operation that is taking place right now inside the
North African country.

The comments came after twelve hostages died in a botched operation to
rescue workers being held captive by militants at a gas plant in
eastern Algeria.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of
the Pan-African News Wire, to further discuss the issue. What follows
is an approximate transcription of the interview.

Press TV: How is the hostage crisis being dealt with? I mean those
countries whose nationals have been taken captive, are they going to
become involved in operations to free their nationals, do you think?

Azikiwe: Yesterday the Algerian government led the public to believe
that the situation had been contained but apparently it is an ongoing
crisis. Apparently there are people who are still being held and it
appears to be ?fighting that is still going on in and around the In
Amenas gas field.

I believe that the Algerian government acted yesterday with the
possible anticipation that France, or perhaps the United States, would
become involved militarily in an attempt to rescue the people who have
been held at this gas field.

I feel that this is a very explosive situation and it could in fact in
the long-term involve other forces in this overall operation that is
taking place right now inside of Algeria.

Press TV: How much of a threat is there that these militants would
take revenge and attack France on it’s own soil as they have
threatened to do so?

Azikiwe: Well there are many foreign nationals who are operating
inside of Algeria in the natural gas industry.

I think it is quite interesting that the Islamists who are holding the
hostages inside the gas field have made reference to the French
intervention in Mali and they have also called for the exchange of
prisoners being held in the United States who were associated with the
first bombing of the World Trade Center some 20 years ago in 1993,
which did not do as much damage as the September 2001 bombing of the
World Trade Center. But these events which have been evolving for over
two decades are now coming back to the fore.

Also we have to keep in my mind that there has also been reports that
the Islamist organization which is involved in the standoff entered
the country not through Mali but through Libya where there has been a
tremendous amount of destabilization since the US and NATO war against
Libya concluded in October 2011.

This is becoming an international situation and I do not believe that
it is going to be resolved by simply carrying out these military
operations.

Source:?Abayomi Azikiwe
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