quasi in rem

Saturday, March 13, 2004

"US special forces are hunting for Islamic militants linked to Al Qaeda: along Algeria's southern border with Mali in a little-known military operation aimed at destroying a key North African recruiting hub for Osama bin Laden's global terrorist network, according to US and Algerian officials."

"The joint effort marks another front in the war on terrorism and a watershed in US-Algerian relations. After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Washington stepped up military assistance to Algiers in its 12-year civil war against Islamic extremist groups. The US military involvement is also part of a larger US antiterrorism campaign in the vast, desolate Sahel region of North Africa -- which touches the nations of Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Chad -- that US intelligence officials fear could become a primary training ground for radicals exporting terrorism around the world."

Hey, I thought that the U.S. was acting unilaterally, cutting off all of its ties to the foreign world, and ending its war on Al Quaeda to fight Iraq?

I guess not.


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