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Al Qaeda loses Algeria?

Something interesting has happened in Algeria: "Nabil Sahraoui, leader of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), was killed in a gun battle with the armed forces along with his three top aides in eastern Algeria. His death is significant because he radicalised Algeria’s principal Islamic rebel group by aligning it to al Qaeda, kidnapped 32 European tourists in the Sahara last year, and declared war on foreign individuals and companies in Algeria.

Analysts say in addition to Sahraoui, the head of the committee that picked GSPC commanders and the group’s explosives expert were among seven militants killed on Thursday and Friday east of Algiers in an army sweep involving thousands of troops."

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