ANALYSIS-Security fears behind Algeria haven for Gaddafi family

Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:06pm GMT

Aug 30 (Reuters) - * Gaddafi's wife, some of his children flee to Algeria

* Algeria worried new Libyan govt will not contain al Qaeda

* Stance on Libya could isolate Algeria and anger its people

* Algerian president likely to find diplomatic solution

By Lamine Chikhi and Marie-Louise Gumuchian

ALGIERS, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Algeria's decision to give refuge to members of Muammar Gaddafi's family is rooted in its leaders' deep fears that the revolution in neighbouring Libya will revive the Islamist violence it has spent years battling.

By letting Gaddafi's wife, two sons, and daughter flee into its territory, Algeria risks diplomatic isolation, but its government has shown it is unafraid of swimming against the tide of international opinion where its interests are at stake.

Libya's interim ruling council described Algeria's decision as "an act of aggression" -- the latest salvo in an increasingly hostile relationship between Algeria and the rebels who have overthrown Muammar Gaddafi.   Continued...

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