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Study Warns of Rising al-Qaeda Threat in North Africa — Urges closing Polisario camps which have become recruiting ground for terrorists

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A new study by the International Center for Terrorism Studies (ICTS) warns that al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) poses a “dangerous threat” to the region and beyond, as it seeks to exploit Arab Spring instability and expand terrorist ties to other militants across Africa’s Sahel. The report recommends closing the Polisario Front’s refugee camps near Tindouf, Algeria, which the study says “are a recruiting ground for terrorists, traffickers, and other criminal enterprises.” It calls on the U.S. and international community to “prioritize” resettling the refugees. read more

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