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Defence briefing

— Global


Algeria's plans to fence off the Sahara, Poland's new arms contract and other military news.

Air force, Budgets, Navy

Mali-proof fence


Perhaps inspired by the wall-building efforts of Emperor Hadrian, Algeria is planning to fence off the Sahara. In the face of the Islamist rebel occupation of northern Mali, Africa’s biggest country wants to shield itself with 3,000km of fencing.

Defence ministry officials in Algiers are in talks with security companies keen to tender for the first phase: a fence running all along the country’s 2,000km border with Mali. Stocked with electronic surveillance points, alarms and radar systems capable of detecting…


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