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Algeria Amps Up Border Security

Algeria is increasing efforts to stop the influx of armed extremist groups at traditionally porous border crossings following a series of terrorist attacks in the country, writes Kaci Racelma.
Algerian soldiers are seen at the Tiguentourine Gas Plant in In Amenas, 1600 km (994 miles) southeast of Algiers, January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi (ALGERIA - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS CRIME LAW) - RTR3D784

The link between terrorism and organized crime has been increasing in the Maghreb region, threatening its security and development. The outbreak of war in Mali has sped up the deterioration of the situation across the Sahel region, which is fast becoming a hub for international trafficking.

This has led the Algerian authorities to rethink their strategy by consolidating the security system in order to fight against trafficking networks and other forms of crime. To do this effectively, the government has been working on strengthening and monitoring the borders in the southwest of the country. Algeria shares a border stretching over 2,826 km with its neighbors Mali, Morocco, the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and Mauritania

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