January 20, 2013

Algerian Bloodbath -- and Trouble Ahead

London Evening Standard, London Evening Standard

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The latest Algerian episode effectively expands al Qaeda’s North African front, threatening to draw Western powers into a new round of intervention and war. Algerian al Qaeda affiliates have thus far been suppressed by the country’s ruthless military machine, but the threat has never gone away: there have been regular clashes since the ostensible end of the civil war in 2002. Now the militants have drawn new strength from the regional instability caused by the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime in neighbouring Libya — the main cause of the war in Mali.

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TAGGED: AQIM, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Mali, Algeria, Africa

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