Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology - Algeria

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology - Algeria

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Oct. 20: Retired army general and former Algerian Defense Minister Khaled Nezzar was detained in Geneva on suspicion of committing war crimes and inciting violence at the beginning of the Algerian Civil War in the early 1990s. He was released the following day pending further legal procedures. [Reuters, 10/22]

Oct. 23: Kidnappers who crossed the border from Mali abducted three aid workers, two Spanish and one Italian, from a refugee camp near Tindouf in western Algeria. A Malian security source said that the Europeans were prisoners of al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb's (AQIM) Sahrawi wing. Another security source confirmed this and added that the kidnappers were linked to a Sahrawi member of AQIM named Hakim 'Ould Muhammad Mubarak who admitted to police, while he was under arrest in 2008, the existence of "an AQIM network of indoctrination and recruitment" inside the Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf. [Reuters, AFP, 10/23, 10/25]

Dec. 5: Two Western Saharan men suspected of the October 23 abduction of three foreign aid workers - two Spanish, one Italian - in Algeria were arrested by Mauritanian police. Security sources stated that the suspects were members of a Sahrawi branch of AQIM, yet there was no claim of responsibility. …

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