Algeria: August 23, 2003


  No one in Germany or Mali are admitting anything about ransom, but it appears that the Algerian Islamic radicals got $5-16 million and that the cash came from either Germany or Libya. The Germans have steadfastly refused to pay ransom for their kidnapped citizens, feeling that this would encourage more such crimes. But only nine of the 14 European hostages were German and there was pressure to make a deal and get the captives out of there. Apparently money was paid, and the Germans are trying to discourage any ideas that this is a new German government policy. To make this point, there is talk of issuing international arrest warrants for the Algerians who kidnapped the Europeans. This would be a major shift for Europe, which has long provided sanctuary and support for the Algerian rebels. But the rebels are on the run in Algeria, support for Islamic radicals is very much in decline and this kidnapping incident went over the line (at least according to European public opinion.)


Article Archive

Algeria: Current 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close