A devastating bomb attack east of Algiers killed 43 people including young members of a Police Academy and wounded dozens. Algeria has increasingly witnessed escalation in the scale of al-Qaeda violence in the nation since announcement of a new al-Qaeda presence in the country. In recent months the mountainous region east of Algiers has seen numerous attacks by the North African wing of the terrorist organization which seeks to establish a fundamentalist Islamic government. A few days ago, a suicide car bombing killed six civilians in Zemmouri. Algerian army sources believe the bombings were in retaliation for an Army ambush which resulted in the death of 12 rebels.
After years of violence in Algeria which resulted in the death of over 150,000 people, the situation quieted down until the recent revelation al-Qaeda has established a new organization in North Africa to further its militant aims. In one sense, the failed policies of George Bush in the Middle East have resulted in a ripple effect as militants who flocked to Iraq to fight Americans are now heading west to fight in Algeria. The legacy of the Iraq war lives on even though there has been a reduction in death within that nation. George Bush has done more to recruit terrorists than any person in history.