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Investigating Algeria’s civil war

Al Jazeera has an incredible in depth article about the Algerian civil war.  It appears that the Algerian military would try to create the appearance that Islamist groups were committing terrorist acts when in fact they were not, in order to construct a false enemy and to carry out more ruthless operations without getting attention.

These witnesses paint a clear picture of counterinsurgency operations: the arming of militias by the state, systematic torture and disappearances. Key to the strategy were false flag operations and misinformation casting political opponents as ruthless terrorists, while genuine opponents of the regime were “eradicated” – their killings often blamed on “Islamists”.

The counterinsurgency tactics, Samraoui states, were rooted in those used by the French secret services during the Algerian War of Independence.

Much of the article considers attempts to create a semblance of justice out of this tumultuous past.


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