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Algeria rebel remnants still pose menace-expert

Algeria’s Islamist insurgents, long in decline, still pose a threat east of Algiers and in the south thanks to criminal and family links and the use of remote terrain, an expert on the country’s violence said on Thursday. Speaking weeks before the expiry of an amnesty meant to end an era of conflict in Africa’s second largest country, Lies Boukraa told Reuters the main rebel group, the al Qaeda-linked Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, was no longer able to menace the overall stability of the giant oil and gas exporter. But a group of about 100 die-hards remained in the Kabylie mountains east of Algiers and was very hard to wipe out due to the silence of family members and funding from armed crime. Full Story

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