Algiers Counterterrorism Summit

The security summit that concludes today in Algiers was, in AP’s words, “originally expected to focus just on al-Qaida, but has now become inextricably tied up with the civil war in neighboring Libya.”

This summit follows earlier meetings between top personnel from Algeria, Mauritania, Mali, and Niger, and its main results appear to be a deepening of the existing dialogue among these countries, an increase in communication with outside powers like the US, and plans for a new, 35-member counterterrorism forum whose activities will begin later this month.

Business Day has more on summit participants’ fears of increasing insecurity in the Sahel due to fallout from Libya’s civil war.

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