Wednesday, September 22, 2004

GSPC Activity Update

Recent reports suggest that Algeria's Al Qaeda-linked GSPC may be down, but definitely not out. UPI reports on a roadside attack last weekend, killing four, during which the terrorist commando took a woman hostage. This seems to be their MO nowadays, posing as soldiers manning road blocks. Note also that their terrorist acts are against Algerians, not just the Algerian government.

Meanwhile, an Algerian was arrested in Peshawar, Pakistan, on suspicion of belonging to Al Qaeda, and another Algerian, with the nom de guerre of Abu Musab, was arrested in Chechnya, reports ITAR-TASS.
Also an update on Algeria's government, which finds itself in the uncomfortable position of having to negotiate with Chad rebel group MDJT for the handover of Abdelzarrak Al Para (to the ire of Chad's government), with possible intervention from Germany (who also want Al Para, and have a history of paying in these affairs).

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