Terrorists and the Algerian Connection
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January 26, 2013 - 1:12am
Written by Hilary Barnes
The government of Algeria's President Boutaflika faces a constant battle with clans fighting to capture the hydrocarbon rent, which may help to explain how the terrorists managed to carry out the attack on the In Amenas gas facility, says Tunisian analyst Mehdi Taje at Paris newspaper La Tribune here (Jan 22).
Algeria is supposed to have locked down its frontier and stepped up the military presence to secure its oil and gas installations. Either the security services are incompetent, which Mehdi Taje does not believe, or there was support from some one high up in the hierarchy of power in Algeria.
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