Turf battles sap DRS intelligence agency
The assassination of French national Herve Gourdel by the Jihadi group Jund Al Khalifa on Sept. 24 came just as Algeria’s security services felt particularly worn down by clashes between the clan of president Abdelaziz Bouteflika and allies of Mohamed [. [...]
Who will run Bouteflika's campaign?
Abdelaziz Bouteflika wants would-be challengers to emerge from the woodworks before officially announcing his intention to stand for a fourth term in next April’s presidential elections. But he’s already weighing his choice of a campaign director, a highly strategic job. [...]
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 [. [...]
Tartag keen to see last of Bouteflika clan
There’s no longer the least doubt that Athmane Tartag, alias Bechir, the number two man in the Algerian intelligence agency Departement du Rensignement et de la Securite (DRS) wants to do away with president Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s clan and prevent him [. [...]