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Is the Sahara the newest great threat to the United States -- "a terrorist training ground," hotbed of extremism, the new Afghanistan -- in the Great War against Islamic terrorism that still preoccupies the American political class and the foreign affairs community?

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"Algerian authorities said they believe the militants' attack was revenge for allowing France to use Algerian airspace for an offensive against Islamist militants in neighboring Mali," CNN reports.

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The horrific chain of seven slayings in Toulouse, France, that has stunned that country could have been lifted directly from a television thriller. In fact, this whole terrible affair has been a nightmare scenario that for decades has haunted authorities in France, Europe and the United States. The horrific chain of seven slayings in Toulouse, France, that has stunned that country could have been lifted directly from a television thriller.

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Since France took the bold step this week of making it a criminal act to deny that Ottoman Turks committed genocide in Armenia nearly a century ago, Turkey has countered with similar accusations, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan even added a personal touch about French President Nicolas Sarkozy's own past.

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