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Brutalised Algerian Army Is As Ruthless With The Innocent As It Is With Its Enemies


line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-weight:bold”>The slaughter of the good and the bad at the In Amenas gas plant yesterday was thus utterly predictable, because the Algerian military – the real rulers of the nation – were "blooded" in a civil war which taught them to care as little about the innocent as they did about the guilty.

line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-weight:bold”>Word has it that Algerian officers last year visited Syria to return the compliment: by teaching the Syrian military – now fighting a far more dangerous uprising – how the Algerians won their "dirty" war against the Armed Islamic Group and its al-Qa'ida affiliates.

line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-weight:bold”>Opaque as Algeria's military may appear to foreigners, its foundational myths – of utter brutality towards its enemies, whatever the cost – have appealed to the Pentagon and to the French, who both maintained their co-operation with the Army's elite at Cherchell outside Algiers in the 1990s – when they knew full well that the country's soldiers and paramilitary forces were indulging in an orgy of torture.

line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-weight:bold”>David Cameron's total ignorance of the Algerian government's inherent cruelty led Downing Street to mutter some truly stupid remark's yesterday. The Algerians, they said, "seemed determined to lead the way".













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