Algerian generals, others fired without explanation

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Heads have been rolling in the Algerian army, the North African nation’s most respected institution, and in other security services, with generals in top posts fired — without explanation — at a rate never before seen.

The across-the-board changes, and the silence, are highlighting the opaque nature of the nation’s power structure.

Since late June, nearly all top officials in the security hierarchy have been replaced. The changes are especially dramatic in a country with the best-equipped military in North Africa and the Sahel that has honed its skills in fighting Islamic extremists. Today, Algeria is a bulwark against extremism for the West.

Yet the Algerian press, which habitually decodes the often inscrutable world of politics, has been unable to decipher the reason for the clearout.

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