Algeria: Toute la Clique au Poteau

A file of soldiers wearing red berets and paratroop uniforms edged through the narrow, dark alleys of Algiers' casbah. A shot from a rooftop tumbled one of the soldiers onto the garbage-strewn cobbles, triggering a savage, five-hour battle in which brother killed brother. As the fighting spread, a veiled Moslem woman in a doorway rocked back and forth in grief, keening, "How can this happen? How can this happen?"

World Shame. Her distraught question got no sensible answer from any of the antagonists. After two months of freedom, Algeria is on the edge...

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