> I do know that at least historically the Maroc-Algerie-Tunisie refion
> called Maghreb at least by the French, based on a French book I have
> railways in the Maghreb, as well as a history of the Legion Etrangere.
It's still (and of course we pronounce it /magrEb/ :)) . AFAIK, Arabic speakers
from the East of Egypt on use this word for the three countries, like French
people do. Probably due to the distance...