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Monday, March 15, 2010

Algeria reveals the extent of its participation in 1967, 73 wars

Al Quds has an article about a new book written by former Algerian defense minister Major General Khalid Nizar where he details Algeria's participation in aiding the Egyptian army from 1967 to 1971, and from 1973 to 1975.

While it was known that Algeria did contribute some troops, planes and tanks, Nizar believes that this is the first time the extent of Algeria's participation. He was prompted to write the book after a friend visited the Cairo Museum and did not see a word about Algeria in the exhibits about the wars.

According to Nizar, Algeria sent some 20,000 soldiers to each war and during the War of Attrition. They also sent hundreds of tanks, artillery and combat vehicles and nearly a hundred aircraft to help the Arab war effort. Although they were mostly in secondary, defensive support roles, about 100 Algerian soldiers died in battle.