Intelligence: Ahmed Gaid Salah recreates his own "DRS"
Army chief of staff Ahmed Gaid Salah is manoeuvring furiously to strengthen his hold over post-Bouteflika Algeria. He has set about turning the Army Central Security Directorate, the DCSA, into an all-powerful intelligence service comparable to the former Intelligence and [. [...]
How Ahmed Gaid Salah is bringing the businessmen to heel
Aside from his sabre-rattling about "fomenters of discord" plotting to "infiltrate" the demonstrations to spread "anarchy", army chief of staff Ahmed Gaid Salah has been methodically extending the scope of his influence with the aim of keeping control of the [. [...]
Bouteflika puts on velvet gloves to secure 5th term
Confronted with the biggest popular protest movement for two decades, the Bouteflika clan has bent but not broken. While the rais, who is physically frail, has been in Geneva since February 24 for "periodical medical examinations", his entourage has adopted [. [...]
Bouteflika triggers vast security shakeup
On the defensive for months (MC 1061), president Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s clan headed by his brother Said has embarked on a drive to curb the powers of the country’s security establishment. Their determination lies behind sudden changes at the intelligence and [. [...]