January 17, 2013

Is Algeria Hostage Crisis Really al-Qaeda?

Max Fisher, Washington Post

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As is often the case with militant groups operating in the Arabic-speaking world, the one that seized a gas field in eastern Algeria appears to have some links to al-Qaeda. But those links, based on the currently available information, appear sketchy. And the group to which they may be linked, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, is not the same as the Afghanistan-and-Pakistan-based “central” al-Qaeda that is better known to Americans.

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TAGGED: Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Algeria, al-Qaeda, Islamists

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