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Apr 4, 2011

Exclusive – Qaeda gets arms in Libya -Algerian official

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Al Qaeda is exploiting the conflict in Libya to acquire weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, and smuggle them to a stronghold in northern Mali, a senior security official in neighbouring Algeria told Reuters.

Western governments have demanded that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi step down after his forces cracked down on a revolt against his rule, but some governments in the region are nervous that al Qaeda could step into a power vacuum.

Apr 4, 2011

Al Qaeda acquiring weapons in Libya – Algerian official

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Al Qaeda is exploiting the conflict in Libya to acquire weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, and smuggle them to a stronghold in northern Mali, a security official from neighbouring Algeria told Reuters.

The official said a convoy of eight Toyota pick-up trucks left eastern Libya, crossed into Chad and then Niger, and from there into northern Mali where in the past few days it delivered a cargo of weapons.

Apr 4, 2011

Exclusive: Al Qaeda acquiring weapons in Libya:Algerian official

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Al Qaeda is exploiting the conflict in Libya to acquire weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, and smuggle them to a stronghold in northern Mali, a security official from neighboring Algeria told Reuters.

The official said a convoy of eight Toyota pick-up trucks left eastern Libya, crossed into Chad and then Niger, and from there into northern Mali where in the past few days it delivered a cargo of weapons.

Mar 31, 2011

Algeria energy official:tax law turns off investors

ALGIERS, March 31 (Reuters) – The lacklustre interest from
energy majors in Algerian oil and gas acreage is due to the
country’s tax rules, a senior energy official said, in the first
public acknowledgement of the problem.

In a licensing round completed earlier this month, Algeria
awarded only two out of 10 oil and gas permits on offer, raising
questions about whether it has enough new projects coming on
stream to maintain output levels. [ID:nLDE72G0XO]

Mar 30, 2011

Algerian PM: there is no political crisis

ALGIERS, March 30 (Reuters) – Algeria’s prime minister on
Wednesday denied the country was in a political crisis sparked
by unrest in the Arab world but acknowledged public anger over
unemployment and a lack of housing.

Algeria, one of the biggest suppliers of natural gas to the
European Union, has seen a wave of strikes and protests over the
past few months, though they have yet to coalesce into the kind
of uprising that toppled leaders in Egypt and Tunisia.

Mar 29, 2011

Algeria teachers take demands to president’s doorstep

ALGIERS, March 29 (Reuters) – For nearly two weeks Algerian
schoolteacher Hamou Benhamou has spent his days protesting
outside the presidential administration and his nights sleeping
on a strip of cardboard on the pavement.

The sit-in that Benhamou is holding with about 200 other
teachers is one of dozens of protests around the Algerian
capital which have unsettled a government wary that unrest
elsewhere in the Arab world will spread to Algiers.

Mar 26, 2011

Air strikes hit Gaddafi forces in Misrata

ALGIERS/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi eased their attacks on rebel-held Misrata on Saturday after Western coalition planes appeared in the skies and hit some of their positions, rebels said.

French warplanes destroyed five Libyan military planes and two helicopters at Misrata air base in the past 24 hours, France’s armed forces said. Spokesman Thierry Burkhard said all seven Libyan aircraft were destroyed as they were preparing to carry out attacks in the area.

Mar 26, 2011

Coalition planes above Misrata, shelling stops: rebel

ALGIERS/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi eased their attacks on rebel-held Misrata on Saturday as planes belonging to the Western coalition appeared in the skies above the city, a rebel said.

“The shelling has stopped and now the war planes of allies are above the sky of Misrata. The shelling stopped when the planes appeared in the sky. It seems this is their strategy,” the rebel, Saadoun, told Reuters by phone.

Mar 26, 2011

Gaddafi forces attack Misrata, heavy shelling-rebel

ALGIERS/BEIRUT, March 26 (Reuters) – Forces loyal to Libyan
leader Muammar Gaddafi launched attacks on rebel-held Misrata
from the west and the east on Saturday, shelling the city’s port
with mortars and artillery, a rebel told Reuters.

Misrata is the only big rebel stronghold left in the west of
Libya and it is cut off from the main rebel force fighting
Gaddafi’s troops in the east of the country. It has been
encircled and under bombardment for weeks.

Mar 26, 2011

Air strikes hit Gaddafi forces in Misrata-rebels

ALGIERS/BEIRUT, March 26 (Reuters) – Forces loyal to Libyan
leader Muammar Gaddafi eased their bombardment of the rebel-held
city of Misrata on Saturday after Western air strikes hit some
of their positions, a rebel spokesman said.

But a resident said pro-Gaddafi snipers were still shooting
at people from rooftops in the centre of the town and that the
death toll during the past week had reached 115 people,
including several children.

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