Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who is currently on a state visit in the United States, may well be here to offer his country’s intelligence services in exchange for a strategic partnership role. The BBC reports:

Algeria, like Egypt, has had first-hand experience of dealing with the kind of Islamist ideology that is now reflected in the movement surrounding Osama Bin Laden. Correspondents say one possibility is that the Americans may be looking for people who can infiltrate al-Qaeda cells. They say Algerian spies would have more convincing credentials than most.

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