Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Algeria

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Algeria

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Feb. 2: The Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC) announced on their website that former mosque prayer leader of the GSPC, Ahmed Zarabib, was killed on January 17 in the mountains near Toudja, a town east of the capital, Algiers. [Al-Jazeera, 2/2]

Feb. 9: Algeria's national television channel stopped showing the popular pan-Arab program, Star Academy, after protests by the country's main Islamist party, the Movement for a Society of Peace. The leader of the party, Aboudjerra Soltani, said the show was a "provocation against society and attacked its moral values." [BBC, 2/9]

Feb. 12: Two Algerian newspapers were closed and their editors were arrested for publishing cartoons satirizing the Prophet Muhammad. Both faced between three and five years in jail, though both newspapers were critical of the original cartoons, which were published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in September. [Reuters, 2/ 12]

Feb. 16: The World Food Program said it would provide food to 60,000 Saharawi refugees after three days of heavy rain washed away houses and belongings at refugee camps in the west Algerian desert. [BBC, 2/ 16]

Feb. 27: Algeria's cabinet, with President B outeflika presiding, approved the "Decree Implementing the Charter for Peace and National Reconciliation. …

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