ALGERIA: Mutiny in the Fortress

Most of the men in the small cement fortress near the Moroccan border were Moslem riflemen in French uniform, professionals and veterans who had fought for France in Europe and Indo-China. Only the officer in command and a scattering of other ranks were French. Among the 80 Moslems was Corporal Cheraf Abd el Krim, who in Indo-China had been captured by the Communist Viet Minh and then released.

One day Corporal Abd el Krim disappeared. Before dawn one morning last week, he reappeared, creeping up to the fortress' outer wall with 150 fellagha...

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