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Algeria: Tired of Waiting

Claire Spencer, January 2008
The World Today, Volume 64, Number 1

At the beginning of December, media reports put the violence which had plagued Algeria since the 1990s at an all time low. Only six people had been killed in November and four of those were armed Islamist militants. Then on December 11, two car bombs exploded in the capital Algiers, killing some 67 people, including at least eleven United Nations officials in the largely destroyed offices of the UN's High Commission for Refugees. What lies beneath this return to high-level, targetted attacks?

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