It is the second-largest daily Arabophone newspaper after El Khabar. The newspaper used to publish a series of weekly articles in English from July 24 to August 20, Participants had to read the articles then answer the two asked questions on the newspaper's website, the British Council's website, or the Facebook page. The prizes were granted to five winners and were awarded in September in a ceremony held at the UK Ambassador's Residence in Algiers in presence of prominent personalities. In a fall trial, the leader of neighbouring Libya , Muammar Gaddafi , took the unprecedented step of suing the paper in an Algerian court for defamation.

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It appears likely that the group will eventually shift to a more overtly violent strategy, and indeed it has already been connected — in some cases more concretely than others — to violence, both within Tunisia and abroad. Major salafi jihadist figures from several other countries also used the Kairouan conference as an opportunity to express their support.

Moroccan clerics Umar al-Haddushi and Hasan al-Kattani travelled to Tunisia to attend, only to find themselves turned away when they tried to enter the country: the Tunisian government had placed them on a blacklist due to their involvement in terrorist attacks in Morocco. AST has also won the praise and endorsement of highly influential online salafi jihadist clerics. One article presented a roadmap for spreading salafi jihadist ideology in Tunisia. Though the article did not specifically mention AST, it is the most prominent group engaged in such work.

It encouraged jihadists in Egypt, Jordan, and Libya to operate under the Ansar al Sharia brand, and to vigorously undertake dawa in those countries. But most significant among major salafi jihadist figures who have weighed in on Tunisia is Ayman al Zawahiri, who issued a message in June blasting Ennahda, and accusing it of creating a new practice of Islam designed to please the United States and serve American interests.

AST was not mentioned in the statement, but much of the government crackdown has focused on its members. These allegations have come at both a leadership level and also a level focused on individuals. Information about the intended shura council thus appears possible yet unproven, as it is yet to be reported outside of the Algerian media. Far more likely, however, is another report from the Algerian media.

First, the reporter spoke with these jihadists while he was on the ground, rather than learning about them through intelligence sources. Second, Tunisian salafi jihadists are known to have considerable connections to other regional militant networks. These connections may take on increasing significance when AST makes the transition from a strategy primarily focused on dawa to one that actively embraces jihad. While here, he is working on a major project examining the security implications of the change in regime in Tunisia.

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The first firm is due to be installed in Tiaret province and meant to produce VLL four whhel drive vehicles, as part of the implementation of the memorandum of understanding sealed between the government, Aabar and Germany based Dailmer, Deutz and MTU groups in The second firm is to be installed in the locality of Oued Hamimine, in Constantine eastern province, and meant to produce engines, the source added, noting that it is the third agreements that Aabar Group seals with the Algerian government, highlighting the will of the Emarati Group to participate in the development of mechanic industry in the North African nation. Elsewhere, another Algeria -UAE-German industrial and commercial memorandum of understanding was sealed to modernize and extend the platform of the production of commercial vehicles in Rouiba locality, eastern Algiers. The memorandum is meant to create an Algerian-UAE joint venture in partnership with the German Dailmer, for the manufacturing of commercial vehicles of Mercedes-Benz. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. News Economic World Sport Opinion.



Reporters Without Borders condemned an appeal court ruling yesterday upholding a two-month prison sentence for defamation against editor of the daily El Watan, Omar Belhouchet, and journalist Chawki Amari. In another case, a journalist on the daily Echourouk El Youmi was sentenced to pay four million dinars almost 40, euros in damages for a number of defamation cases. Neither should fines imposed threaten a journalist or their media's financial integrity", it said. The appeal court in Jijel, kms east of Algiers on 4 March upheld a two-month prison sentence imposed on 27 May against Omar Belhouchet and Chawki Amari of the daily El Watan in a libel case brought by the region's prefect, which had been adjourned from 26 February. The paper's lawyer, Zoubeir Soudani told Reporters Without Borders that there had been several procedural irregularities but the judges had refused to take into account his objections. He said he would appeal to the Supreme Court. Elsewhere, police on 3 March summoned the El Watan correspondent in El Tarf in north-east Algeria, Slim Sadki, over a defamation suit brought by a high ranking official following the publication of articles containing accusations against the education ministry.

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