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Wednesday, April 20, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

Algeria accused of shipping arms to Gadhafi

CAIRO — The Libyan opposition has accused Algeria of sending military equipment to the regime of Col. Moammar Gadhafi.


The Libyan rebel leadership has outlined alleged Algerian weapons shipments to the Gadhafi regime over the last month. The rebel Libyan Transitional National Council, in a memorandum to Arab League secretary-general Amr Mussa, said the shipments included ammunition, weapons and the arrival of Algerian and mercenary fighters, Middle East Newsline reported.

"This memorandum, presented to the Arab League secretary-general, is not a complaint against sister Algeria," council representative Adel Munim Al Huni said.

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The rebels asserted that at least 15 weapons shipments took place from Algeria to Tripoli. The three-page memorandum, which contained details of shipments and flights, said the Algerian Air Force and the state-owned Algerian Airways transported the weapons to Gadhafi.

"We are anxious to have a good relationship with Algeria," Al Huni said.

The rebels said the Algerian aircraft that arrived in Tripoli did not provide call signs, a violation of international law. The memorandum said Algeria chartered planes for the transport of Algerian mercenaries to fight for Gadhafi. Several of them were said to have been captured by rebel forces.

Algeria has denied helping the Gadhafi regime. But the regime of Algerian President Abdul Aziz Bouteflika has refused to respond to the rebel memorandum.

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