Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Algeria: US training Algerian forces

U.S. military experts are training Algerian forces to fight the threat posed by rebels in the vast Sahara desert as part of the global war on terror, a U.S. official [unidentified embassy spokesperson] said on Tuesday.

... Foreign Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem declined to comment on U.S.-Algeria training but told Reuters: "There is normal (anti-terrorism) cooperation between all countries, including the United States."

..."Counter-terrorism is a key area of U.S.-Algerian cooperation; Algeria's cooperation in the fight against terrorism has been outstanding," the embassy spokesperson said. (link)