2008: The old GSPC terrorists manage to
survive, even though it reflagged itself as an al Qaeda franchise last year.
There was a momentary increase in bombings, and a decrease in the traditional
massacre of civilians with knives and guns. Apparently, al Qaeda convinced the
GSPC terrorists that they would anger fewer Algerians if they blew people up,
rather than slitting their throats. This has not worked out as planned, and the
Islamic terrorists still spend most of their time on the run.
ago, the GSPC was killing up to a hundred people a day, but now, it takes up to
a year to cause that much mayhem. An essential element in the survival of
Islamic terrorism in Algeria is money, and volunteers (especially for the
suicide bombing jobs) from Europe. There, Moslem expatriates love to cheer the
terrorists on, mostly with cash contributions. The corrupt and despotic
governments of most Moslem countries has created a migrant community in Europe
that can hate their former rulers openly. The migrants don't much care that
innocent civilians back home are the most common victims of the terrorism.
Hatred, and a desire for revenge, is a powerful thing, that the terrorists
exploit as much as they can.
2008: Spain has arrested several dozen
al Qaeda members, who were raising money, and recruiting men for terrorist
attacks. Some of those volunteers were for operations in Morocco and Algeria,
where it has proved difficult to recruit locals (who are fed up with all the
terrorism) for this.
2008: Six more policemen died as
security forces pursued a group of 30 Islamic terrorists along the coast, some
350 kilometers east of the capital. The terrorist have split into three smaller
groups, but are still being tracked and pursued.
2008: Some 30 Islamic terrorists
ambushed a police patrol 350 kilometers east of the capital. Four policemen were
2008: The UN head of security resigned,
in the wake of revelations that Algerian security officials had warned of
possible terrorist attacks, before UN facilities were attacked last December.
2008: Police raided a terrorist safe
house 110 kilometers east of the capital, killing one terrorist and seizing
weapons and documents.
agreed to help Algeria develop nuclear power, and entered into a military
cooperation agreement meant to help curb Islamic terrorism. This is
particularly important since there are now over 300 French firms with
investments in Algeria. Trade between the two nations now stands at nearly $12
billion a year.