Algeria: Intelligence failings led to gas field attack

Issue 263 - 12 Oct 2013 | 1 minute read
The events at In Aménas in January were the product of intelligence failures at a number of levels. Most dramatic is an allegation that, by November 2012, the Département du Renseignement et de la Sécurité (DRS) intelligence service had detailed information showing that a group related to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), led by Mohamed-Lamine Bouchneb (aka Abou Aïcha) and co-ordinated by Mokhtar Belmokhtar, was planning to attack Algerian petroleum installations. That attack took place – almost exactly as described – just two months later.

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