Are the Salafists finally running out of steam?

Blanche, Ed
January 2005
Middle East;Jan2005, Issue 352, p24
This article reports that Algeria's dwindling band of Islamic insurgents appear to be fighting a losing battle against the government of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and also in their efforts to spearhead a drive to establish a new operational base for Al Qaeda in the Sahel region from which to infiltrate West Africa, whose emerging oil riches make it an area of strategic importance to the U.S. Since Algerian militants are so deeply involved in the region, the setbacks suffered by Algeria's main Islamic extremist force, the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, could be crucial to efforts to curb terrorist infiltration in Africa as well as mark a major step towards ending the 12-year-old Algeria conflict, in which more than 150,000 people have perished.


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