QUESTION: What is the U.S. reaction to reports that al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb plans to attack planes chartered by oil companies in the Algeria Maghreb region? What information does the U.S. have about this alleged attack?
ANSWER: The U.S. Embassy in Algiers received threat information and both the Embassy and the Overseas Security Advisory Council acted quickly to alert potential targets to the threat. While we and our international partners have put considerable pressure on al-Qa’ida and have degraded much of the group’s abilities, including its capacity to raise money, train recruits, and plan attacks outside of the region, we continue to face a significant terrorist threat from al-Qa’ida, its affiliates, and its adherents. We continue to work very closely with our key partners on the threat from international terrorism, including the role that al-Qaida continues to play. Information is routinely shared between the U.S. and our partners in order to disrupt terrorist plotting, identify and take action against potential operatives, and strengthen our defenses against potential threats. The Government of Algeria has long been one of our strongest partners in this fight.