Algeria: BLOODY DAYS, SAVAGE NIGHTS

UNDER OFFICIAL PROTECTION, JOURNALISTS GET A RARE GLIMPSE INTO A VICIOUS WAR THAT PITS ISLAMIC VIOLENCE AGAINST GOVERNMENT REPRESSION, ALL WAGED IN PRIVATE

The album handed out to visitors in Prime Minister Mokdad Sifi's office is gruesome testimony of civil war: 32 pages of glossy color snapshots from Algeria's morgues. Severed heads appear on most pages, eyes open, frozen in a terrified stare. Pools of blood fill the stumps of necks on headless torsos. The bodies of children caught in a bombing have been charred to cinders. The only discernible feature on a decayed corpse is the diagonal throat slash from right ear through to the spinal column-the ghoulish trademarks that every Algerian recognizes as the signature of the guerrillas who sprang from the...

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