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No Fly Zone Unlikely

A meeting of the G8 today failed to generate the imposition of a no fly zone over Libya. The foreign ministers of Germany and Russia expressed reservations over any kind of military intervention in the North African nation, effectively over-ruling their counterparts from Great Britain and France, who have both called for more aggressive action to be taken. The representatives attending the G8 meeting called for decisive action to be taken up by the UN Security Council. This latest development arrives as rebel groups in Libya seem to be withering in the face of sustained military pressure from pro-regime forces.


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.

France has problems at Tehran embassy

BBC News had this short (just 2 paragraphs) article reporting that France has claimed that Iran has violently harrassed guests of the ambassador.  Iran has yet to commit.  We’ll keep an eye out for updates on this one.