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18 June 2009

Algeria mulls new amnesty to weaken al Qaeda

from Reuters by Lamine Chikhi

Support is building among Algeria's ruling elite for a plan to offer a new amnesty to al Qaeda militants if they abandon violence that in the past few weeks has killed tens of people including a British hostage.

But the proposal could face resistance from people who have lost relatives in the militant attacks, and security analysts say there is a risk that fighters who accept the amnesty will exploit it to regroup and then return to violence.

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