Algeria: March 13, 2005


Islamic radical violence continues to flare up. In the last few days, two policemen and two rebels died in two incidents south and southeast of the capital. The war against the Islamic groups has come down to a police operation, searching for the few hundred terrorists who remain at large, armed and willing to fight. The Algerian experience is seen as a model to be followed in Iraq. That means over a decade of violence. What Algeria did was arm local militias to defend themselves from terrorist attacks. The Islamic radicals had to eat, and they depended on voluntary, or extorted, contributions from civilians, in order to survive. The extortion and terror kept the Islamic radicals going for a long time, and now, 14 years later, there are still some of these bloody minded terrorists out there. 


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