North Africa en North African militants are here to stay <p><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; ">CAIRO &mdash; The rise of Islamist movements following the recent popular uprisings in North Africa played a direct role in the hostage crisis that claimed more than 80 lives in the Algerian desert last week. And they&rsquo;re set to become a defining characteristic of the region&rsquo;s political landscape, analysts say.</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa North Africa Conflict Zones Want to Know Military Fri, 25 Jan 2013 21:38:00 +0000 Erin Cunningham 5739567 at Absent the Arab Spring limelight, refugee youth consider war with Morocco <p>DAKHLA REFUGEE CAMP, Algeria &mdash; The tangled fight for land between Sahrawi rebels and the Moroccan government has dragged on for nearly 40 years while mediation efforts have floundered. Today, international concerns about fresh conflict in the Western Sahara are focused on Mali, and the worry that Islamist extremism there might spill into Sahrawi refugee camps in Algeria. But a visit to the camps reveals that conflict could renew for a different reason.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> North Africa Conflict Zones Want to Know Morocco Wed, 13 Nov 2013 05:19:00 +0000 Kristen McTighe 5986133 at