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Lobbying 2015: US courts aloof Algeria in terror fight

Algeria, the desert giant at the crossroads of North Africa, is building ever-closer counterterrorism ties with the United States but is losing out to its historic rival Morocco in the disputed Western Sahara.

The United States is ramping up security, diplomatic and trade ties with Algeria in a bid for closer cooperation with North Africa's terror bulwark.

The State Department is once again seeking a $2.55 million anti-terrorism package this year while restarting trade and investment talks that had been on hiatus for more than a decade. And US diplomats are lavishing praise on the Saharan giant for its role mediating the crises in Mali and Libya.

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