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U.S. reports spreading Al Qaida ‘footprint’ in N. Africa, Levant

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Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community has determined that Al Qaida was expanding in North Africa. Officials said Al Qaida has formed groups throughout North Africa and the Sahel regime. They cited the new Al Murabitoun, which has been operating in Algeria and Niger over the last year. “This newly formed [...]

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Bad weather blamed for Algerian C-130 crash that killed 73

Military transport plane slammed into Mount Fortas in Algeria's rugged eastern region on Feb. 11.  /EPA

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Algeria’s military was rocked by the crash of a U.S.-origin military transport. The Algerian Defense Ministry said at least 73 people were killed when a C-130 air transport crashed into a mountain some 500 kilometers east of Algiers. The ministry blamed the crash on poor weather. “Unfavorable weather conditions and [...]

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Berber tribes with Al Qaida ties in southern Algeria near Mali threaten revolt

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Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Algeria faces the prospect of a tribal revolt in the south. Algerian sources said powerful non-Arab tribes in the southern region were demanding autonomy amid accusations that the central government failed to provide basic services. They said the tribes were attacking police in the southern Sahara Desert town of Ghardaia [...]

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Tattoos may confirm identity of Al Qaida deputy commander killed in Algeria

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Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Algeria is said to have killed a leading member of Al Qaida. Security sources said the Algerian Army has killed the deputy commander of Al Qaida Organization in the Islamic Maghreb. The target was identified as the leading aide to AQIM chief Abdul Malik Droukdel. “He was killed in an [...]

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U.S. intel presses for expanded satellite surveillance of Al Qaida in North Africa

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community has intensified coverage of North Africa and its Al Qaida network. Officials said the intelligence community was ordering additional electronic and satellite intelligence on North Africa and the Sahel region amid the war in Mali. The officials said a key goal was to track the movement [...]

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Algeria to train Libyan forces to secure borders in counter to Al Qaida

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Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Algeria has agreed to train the Libyan military. Officials said Algeria was drafting plans to train Libya’s military and police. They said training could begin in 2014. “We are fully prepared to train Libyan military and police personnel to secure their border,” Algerian Prime Minister Abdul Malek Selal said. Officials [...]

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Algerian missile takes out Al Qaida commander and four of his aides

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Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Algeria has reported the killing of a leading Al Qaida commander. Officials said the Algerian military targeted and struck a leading commander for Al Qaida Organization in the Islamic Maghreb. The officials said attack helicopters shot air-to-ground missiles that killed the AQIM commander and four of his aides. The AQIM [...]

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U.S. Africom reports coordinated regional gains vs Al Qaida, Al Shabab

Gen. David Rodriguez.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has reported progress in the war against Al Qaida’s network in North Africa. U.S. African Command head Gen. David Rodriguez cited Al Qaida Organization in the Islamic Maghreb as well as Al Shabab. “Partners in east, north and west Africa have made progress in countering violent extremist [...]

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Al Qaida said storing huge arsenal of SAMs in Algeria

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Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Al Qaida has been stockpiling surface-to-air missiles in Algeria. Security sources said Al Qaida Organization in the Islamic Maghreb was storing a arsenal of up to a thousand SAMs in Algeria. The sources said AQIM was also acquiring anti-tank missiles and other weapons for operations throughout North Africa. “The terrorists [...]

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Fracking watch: Algeria reports ‘most important’ oil discovery of past 20 years

Algerian Energy Minister Yusef Yusefi. /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Algeria has reported what could be the largest crude oil reserve over the last 20 years. Energy Minister Yusef Yusefi said Algeria has discovered a field with an estimated 1.3 billion barrels of oil. Yusefi said the field, discovered by the state monopoly Sonatrach, was located in Hassi Messaoud. In [...]

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