In 1988, Algeria and Tunisia Were Terrified of Israeli Air Raids
Late on the morning of Oct. 1, 1985, a formation of 10 Israeli air force F-15 fighters approached the Mediterranean coast of Tunisia at an altitude of 40,000 feet. In front were six F-15Bs and F-15Ds from No. 106 “Spearhead” Squadron. Each of the aircraft was carrying one U.S.-made,... Read more
These Are the Wars That Will Rage in Africa in 2016
With the exception of Syria, African countries currently get the worst rep when it comes to violence and conflict. Virtually every story coming out of the continent seems to showcase one atrocity or another. This narrative is both true and false. In 2014, Africa experienced more than half of... Read more
France Wages a Successful Counter Insurgency in ‘The Battle of Algiers’
The day Germany surrendered in World War II thousands of Muslims in the French colony of Algeria took to the streets. They were celebrating — both Muslim and European Algerians had served during the war and helped to beat back the Nazis — but they were also protesting colonial... Read more
Why Did Algeria Fire Its Top Spy?
Algeria, one of the last secularist, socialist countries in the Arab world, has largely avoided the turmoil of the wider region.¬†Despite conflicts with Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and a now-defunct subgroup of Islamic State, the Algerian government has secured its cities and borders. Which is why it’s... Read more