Wednesday, 23 January 2013 02:21
WASHINGTON: The United States on Tuesday declined to criticize Algeria over its raids against "ruthless" Islamist militants to end a hostage drama which ended with 37 foreigners, including three Americans, dead.
Senior officials said they were closely coordinating with Algeria to find out details of the bloody showdown with an Al-Qaeda-linked group and to learn how much they knew about the hostage-taking at various critical stages.
White House spokesman Jay Carney was asked in his daily briefing whether Washington shared earlier criticism and disquiet raised by Japan and Britain over aspects of the Algerian government's conduct.
"The blame for this tragedy rests with the terrorists who carried it out, and the United States condemns those actions in the strongest possible terms," Carney said, avoiding a direct answer.
"We will remain in close touch with the government of Algeria to gain a fuller understanding of what took place so that we can work together to prevent ...