Thursday, March 11, 2004

US Special Forces deployed to Algeria

I'd never even heard of the Salafist Group for Call and Combat, but our government is now hunting them down in the Sahara desert, according to this piece in the Boston Globe.

Selected Quote:
"The US government has an ongoing program known as the Pan-Sahel Initiative which provides training and support to Chad, Niger, Mali, and Mauritania to help them control their borders, interdict smuggling, and deny use of their national territories to terrorists and other international criminals," a Defense Department official said.

The flow of militants from Algeria, however, remains a rising priority for counterterrorism officials. "Conflict there has bred an extremely dangerous foe," said Kohlmann. "Dating back to 1998, there is a continuous trail of these operatives in various terrorist plots around the world."

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