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January21, 2007: The government is trying to stamp out the last Islamic terrorists with a public relations campaign. The last few hundred Islamic terrorists running around are restricted to a few areas in the country where the population is still angry enough at the government (mainly over economic issues, and general incompetence) to withhold tips. The terrorists have responded by changing their tactics, and not killing a lot of civilians merely suspected of supplying information to the police, or refusing food and shelter to the terrorists. So the government is plastering these areas with posters, calling on people to provide information, and end the terror once and for all. Given the disdain most of the population has for the government, it will take more than radio spots and posters to change peoples minds.

January 20, 2007: Four Algerian terrorism suspects, held without charge in Britain for over four years, have agreed to be returned to Algeria. Activists in Britain have, until now, prevented Algeria from taking custody of these men, because of fears they may be abused by Algerian police.

January 19, 2007: Italy arrested two Algerians, who had left Bosnia to enter Italy and sell false documents. But the men are believed involved in Islamic terrorism as well. The two are part of terrorist diaspora from Algeria. The Algerian terrorist find that they get the warmest welcome in Europe, which is the one place where al Qaeda has not killed a lot of Moslems.

Algeria is pestering France to complete the removal of landmines still in the ground along Algeria's eastern and western borders. These mines were laid over forty years ago, when Algerian rebels (against French colonial rule) were getting support from neighboring countries. France did remove some 80 percent of the mines, but left the ones too difficult to find, or in areas where they were unlikely to do any damage. The remaining mines have been a problem, and the Algerians would like the French to come back and finish the job, and to help with the cost of taking care of landmine victims.

January 12, 2007: Tunisia broke up a terrorist cell, which was mainly composed of Algerian GSPC members. But now GSPC has officially joined al Qaeda, and al Qaeda has been trying to re-establish itself in Tunisia since its last attack there, in 2002 (when a bomb outside a synagogue killed 19 people, most of them foreign tourists). This time, al Qaeda was aiming at embassies. Tunisia has always been a prime al Qaeda target, because this country has come down hard on Islamic radicals, with the support of the Tunisian people. Nothing like a challenge. But so far, the terrorists are losing. However, successful recruiting in Algeria and Europe, and fund raising in Europe, keep the Islamic killers coming. That has caused the governments of North Africa, Europe and North America, to cooperate closely in tracking Islamic terrorists.

 

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