Algeria: The Gang That Couldn't Terrorize Straight

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June 26, 2007: The government is rolling out a new program to increase jobs and crack down on non-terrorist crime (drugs and robbery, for the most part.) Islamic terrorists are showing up less and less in opinion polls, while jobs and street crime are seen as more pressing problems.

June 24, 2007: Terrorists attempted to use remote control bombs to damage a coastal natural gas pipeline near the capital. The bombs were not powerful, but the terrorists did kill two security guards who discovered the devices.

June 22, 2007: Acting on a tip, police tracked down six Islamic terrorists to an area fifty kilometers east of the capital. The six terrorists resisted arrest and were killed. Across the border in Niger, tribal rebels attacked an army base, killing fifteen soldiers, wounding 43 and taking 72 prisoners. The rebellious tribes are potential sources of support for Islamic terrorists, if there is a lot of cash involved.

June 18, 2007: Islamic terrorists attacked an African diplomat traveling along the road 75 kilometers east of the capital. The terrorists set off a roadside bomb, which wounded one of the policeman in the security detail. The terrorists also fired guns at the diplomat, but there were no other injuries.

 

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