The government is not making a bit deal out of it, but they now regularly work with American counter-terrorist organizations, especially with regard to terrorist activity in southern Algeria. While most of Islamic radicals have fled Algeria, some of the most dangerous ones have moved to the desert wilderness of southern Algeria. Islamic radicals have been showing up in several of the countries that skirt the southern edge of the Sahara desert. This semi-desert area, called the Sahel, is poor, and generally mismanaged by the governments that are, sort of, in control. Algeria, like most African, and Arab, governments, is not liked by its population, because of corruption and incompetence. The Islamic terrorists, while they initially promised a better deal than the government, soon demonstrated that Islamic radicalism was worse than the current governments.