TIZI OUZOU, Algeria (AP) -
It's being hailed as a key success in the fight against al-Qaida: a
determined Algerian clampdown that has pulled the teeth from one of the
terror network's deadliest offshoots and could be a model for elsewhere.
Six years after joining
the Osama bin Laden franchise, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb -- known
by its acronym AQIM -- appears to have been neutralized in the nation
where it originated and made its name, officials and experts say,
corralled into a remote mountain area and reduced to occasional pinprick
shootings against soldiers.
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