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Vol 45 No 4

Published 20th February 2004


Algeria

Desert shadows

Reports of an ambush at the end of January somewhere between 'north of Tamanrasset' in southern Algeria and northern Mali point to the complex and lethal war games under way across Africa's belt of Muslim states. The shadowy geography derives from the fact that the attack, by Algerian forces, was first reported by Algerian military intelligence (and confirmed to Africa Confidential by Western sources).

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