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Jan 17, 2012

Al Qaeda kidnaps Algerian governor hostage -sources

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Al Qaeda’s north African branch is holding the governor of an Algerian desert region kidnapped near the border with Libya, security sources said on Tuesday.

The abduction of the governor, the most senior Algerian official to be kidnapped in years, will reinforce worries that the overthrow of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi has created a zone of instability now being exploited by al Qaeda.

Jan 12, 2012

Anger at squalid housing unleashes Algeria protest

LAGHOUAT, Algeria (Reuters) – Every time it rains, Fatina Binoun takes her three young children to stay with relatives because she is afraid the downpour will bring down the walls of her decaying house.

Binoun, 30, and her husband live in a rented two-storey building in the Algerian town of Laghouat, on the northern edge of the Sahara desert about 400 km (250 miles) south of the capital.

Jan 8, 2012

Algeria to buy 51 percent of Vimpelcom unit: report

ALGIERS (Reuters) – The Algeria state announced on Sunday it will acquire a 51 percent stake in Vimpelcom’s Djezzy mobile phone unit and keep Vimpelcom on as operator, but it has still not decided how much it will pay for the stake.

Vimpelcom acquired Djezzy as part of a $6 billion deal to buy the assets of Egyptian firm Orascom Telecom but the transaction was clouded by uncertainty about what Algeria’s government planned to do with the unit.

Dec 14, 2011

Gaddafi daughter seeks ICC probe into his killing

ALGIERS (Reuters) – A lawyer for Muammar Gaddafi’s daughter said on Wednesday he had written to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to ask if an investigation had been launched into the killing of her father and brother.

A copy of the letter, seen by Reuters, said that Muammar Gaddafi and his son Mo’tassim were “murdered in the most horrific fashion with their bodies thereafter displayed and grotesquely abused in complete defiance of Islamic law.”

Dec 7, 2011

City’s huge arsenal a test for new Libyan rulers

MISRATA, Libya, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Militias outside the
control of Libya’s central government are holding vast stores of
tanks, rockets and small arms in the city of Misrata, an arsenal
that will test the ability of the country’s new rulers to assert
their authority.

A Reuters team gained rare access to militia warehouses in
Misrata and counted thousands of boxes of arms and ammunition,
most of it seized from forces loyal to ousted leader Muammar
Gaddafi and hauled back to the city in trucks.

Dec 3, 2011

Rival militias wage turf war near Libyan capital

JANZOUR, Libya (Reuters) – One local official was killed and a militia base reduced to ruins in a clash between rival armed groups near the Libyan capital, the latest flare-up of tension between militias that is destabilising the new Libya.

Two months after Muammar Gaddafi was killed, Libya’s new government is still unable to impose its authority on the ground, leaving security in the hands of militias which answer only to themselves and often wage turf wars with their rivals.

Nov 30, 2011
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Battlelines drawn for fight over Libyan Islam

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(A view of the empty tomb of Muslim holy man Sidi Ali Zaghwani in Tripoli's Janzour neighbourhood is pictured November 29, 2011. Heavily armed ultra-purist Islamists have destroyed such tombs and removed the remains inside them because they consider such sites as idolatry. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny)

When night falls on the street outside Tripoli’s Abdullah Eshaab mosque, theological discussions often break out. Lately, they have taken place at the point of a gun. On three occasions this month, groups of ultra-purist Islamists have turned up at the mosque gates after dark, armed with Kalashnikov rifles, 106-mm anti-tank cannon and truck-mounted Grad rockets, according to a cleric at the mosque.

Nov 30, 2011

Battlelines drawn for fight over Libyan Islam

TRIPOLI, Nov 30 (Reuters) – When night falls on the
street outside Tripoli’s Abdullah Eshaab mosque, theological
discussions often break out. Lately, they have taken place at
the point of a gun.

On three occasions this month, groups of ultra-purist
Islamists have turned up at the mosque gates after dark, armed
with Kalashnikov rifles, 106-mm anti-tank cannon and
truck-mounted Grad rockets, according to a cleric at the mosque.

Nov 29, 2011
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Libyan Islamist commander backs new government despite getting no top posts

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(Tripoli Military Council leader Abdel Hakim Belhadj speaks during an interview with Reuters in Tripoli, November 28, 2011. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny

The Islamist who commands one of Libya’s most powerful militias, Abdel Hakim Belhadj, has said he will back the interim national government despite his supporters being overlooked for top posts. But he would not commit to a date for the forces under his control to hand over their weapons to the government, a crucial test of whether Libya after the fall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi can form a cohesive state.

Nov 28, 2011

Libyan Islamist commander endorses new government

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The Islamist who commands one of Libya’s most powerful militias, Abdel Hakim Belhadj, said on Monday he will back the interim national government despite his supporters being overlooked for top posts.

But he would not commit to a date for the forces under his control to hand over their weapons to the government, a crucial test of whether Libya after the fall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi can form a cohesive state.