BEHIND THE HEADLINES ALGERIA: DRUMBEAT OF DEATH

BEHIND THE HEADLINES ALGERIA

THE MASSACRES In the dead of night, young men carrying rifles, axes and knives sweep into a village or city neighborhood. After shooting the men, the assassins slit the throats of women and children, decapitate the victims and mount their heads on stakes outside. Then the attackers set the bodies ablaze and escape into the darkness.

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING? In 1991 the Islamic Salvation Front won the country's first free elections. The military voided the results, and ever since, the secular government and Islamic militants have been locked in a civil war that has so far claimed an estimated 60,000...

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