Algerian Militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar, PRI's The World [Opens in new tab]


The Algerian hostage crisis ended over the weekend and the loss of life was greater than many had expected. At least 37 foreign hostages died including three Americans.

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The Eradicateurs, Foreign Policy [Opens in new tab]


It was 2007 when Algeria’s Islamist insurgents changed the rules of a war that had raged, in various forms, for decades. That was the year Algeria witnessed its first suicide bombing — the handiwork of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which had formed the previous year. Over the course of 2007 and 2008, AQIM carried out three sensational suicide bombings, resulting in more than 500 deaths and ushering in a new era of terrorism.

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French intervention in Mali, Outfront, CNN [Opens in new tab]


Erin Burnett discusses U.S. involvement in the war against Islamic militants in northern Mali.

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Fortress Algeria, Huffington Post [Opens in new tab]


Algeria is a country that is often overlooked in the U.S., and Algerians like it that way. A popular saying in Algiers, the capital, is la bonne vie est la vie cachée. But Algeria has become an important component of U.S. foreign policy. On the sidelines of the UNGA in New York, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested that the group responsible for the attack on the U.S. consulate mission in Benghazi, Libya may be linked to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), an al Qaeda affiliate that controls a large part of northern Mali. If true, then there is an al Qaeda haven in northern Mali fueling jihadi terrorism in Libya, and Algeria is squarely in the middle.

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Security & Stability in North Africa, CSIS [Opens in new tab]


Panelists talked about domestic security in the Maghreb region of Northwest Africa, which includes Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, and Morocco.. Some of the topics they discussed were security threats and government management of dissent and the influence of U.S. policies. The program included questions from audience members.

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What Amb. Stevens knew before the Benghazi attack, CNN [Opens in new tab]


Erin Burnett talks to Geoff Porter, who briefed Amb. Stevens on the security situation in Libya.

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The Attack on the US Consulate, Emerging Signs of Jihadist Sentiment in Libya, The CTC Sentinel [Opens in new tab]


On September 11, 2012, armed militants attacked the U.S. Consulate in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi, resulting in the deaths of four U.S. Foreign Service members, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens. The Benghazi incident was preceded by other manifestations of extremist violence in Libya, such as earlier attacks on Western diplomatic facilities and personnel, a violent assault on the Tunisian Consulate in Benghazi in protest of an art exhibit in Tunisia, and the destruction of Sufi shrines throughout the country that Salafists had deemed un-Islamic. These incidents suggest that violence in Libya is evolving from predictable militaristic violence characteristic of guerrilla warfare to now include Salafi-jihadi terrorism.

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Salafi Violence in Libya, Huffington Post [Opens in new tab]


The news that US Ambassador Christopher Stevens died during an assault on the US Consulate in Benghazi came as a shock. Although there was already increasing awareness of radical Islamist sentiments in eastern Libya, and in fact throughout the country, their full extent and their threshold for violence were unknown. Even so, it may have been only a matter of time before the mix of radical Islamists and abundantly available weaponry in Libya catalyzed into catastrophic violence.

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US Consulate Attacks, Benghazi, al-Jazeera English [Opens in new tab]


Let's take a closer look at the film that seems to have provoked violence and protest in Libya and Egypt.

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Dispatch: Algeria's "nif", The Arabist [Opens in new tab]


Since there was a lot of interest in Abu Ray's recent piece on Algeria, I have asked friend-of-the-blog Geoff Porter if I could reproduce an email he sent me just before the parliamentary elections there. Geoff's take is quite unique, and while I'm not sure what to make of it (having not been to Algeria) I thought it was worth sharing. Let us know what you think of it.

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