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Algeria, Mali, Niger and Mauritania are setting up a joint command heaquarters in southern Algeria to counter a growing al-Qaeda threat in the Sahara Desert region.

The Algerian defence ministry announced on Wednesday the command headquarters will be based in the southern Algerian town of Tamanrasset.

It comes after a recent meeting of senior officials from seven countries in the region who discussed ways to combat rising violence by the fighters.

It has been said that al-Qaeda uses the vast open desert to its advantage.

Al Jazeera's Clayton Swisher reports.  

Source: Al Jazeera