Algeria: Faith's Fearsome Sword

No one is safe as a populist Islamic movement challenges the army-backed state

EVERYONE LIKED RAYMOND LOUzoum. Children would stop to stare at the marionettes in the window of his optical shop in downtown Algiers. With his fair hair and blue eyes, the tall, garrulous Tunisian Jew was often mistaken for a Frenchman. During 30 years in the city, Louzoum even played the role of a French colonel in an Algerian film on the war of independence. But in a city where foreigners are now targeted for death by Islamic militants, few people were surprised when a young man walked into Louzoum's shop in broad daylight last week and shot him dead, just a...

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