In August 2006, the state gas companies of Algeria and Russia signed a cooperation pact.
In 2006, Algeria supported Russia’s suggestion of creating a ‘natural gas OPEC’.
And, Algeria suspended weapons supplies from Russia.
Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Strategy and Technology Analysis Center, believes “there is a confrontation of interests between military and energy officials” in Algeria’s political elite.
“In both groups, there are pro-Russia, pro-France, and pro-American groupings which fight for their partners’ interests. At least six ‘clans’ confront each other, winning in turns,” the expert said. (One-Sided Cooperation)
According to uruknet, 11 December 2007:
With todays’ explosions in Algeria, people should listen to two Algerians:
Louisa Hanoun, leader of the Algerian Labour Party was interviewed on Aljazeera a month ago. She said:
"The timing of the terrorist operations in Algeria and the emergence of the so-called 'Al-Qaeda in North Africa' is linked to the policy of robbing and looting the region by certain super powers and foreign interests."
Earlier this year, Hanoun was the first one to reveal that Algeria rejected an American proposal for an American military base in the Algerian desert.
Anwar Malik, an Algerian writer and specialist in Islamic movements in North Africa, wrote an article called "Al-Qaeda in Algeria and the American ambitions" (September 2007). He wrote:
"Al-Qaeda in North Africa will attack foreigners in Algeria, side by side with other operations , in order to justify the American project in the region."
Who wants to cause trouble in Algeria?
1. Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has had some success in making peace with the Islamists.
4. He has also favoured the formation of a Gas OPEC.
The consortium of gas-rich countries includes Russia, Iran, Qatar, Venezuela, and Algeria.
"The appearance of such a powerful player in the energy arena will undoubtedly meet with an extremely negative reaction from the United States and the European Union." - Cartel in the Cards - Kommersant Moscow
The recent 'al-Qaeda' terror attacks in Algeria seem to have targeted mainly poor Moslems.
Reportedly, no Americans or French have been killed.
Dec. 10, 2006 — An attack on vehicles carrying foreign employees of an affiliate of U.S. company Halliburton kills an Algerian and a Lebanese citizen.
March 3, 2007 — Two land mines rip through a bus, killing three Algerians and a Russian.
April 11 — Attacks on the main government offices in central Algiers and a police station kill 33.
May 16 — A hospital bombing on the eve of parliamentary elections kills a police officer and injures several others.
The bombs of 11 December 2007 went off between UN offices, not in UN offices.
The terror in Algeria may have something to do with control of Algeria's oil and gas and control Algeria's government.
In early December 2007, French President Sarkozy visited Algeria.
Algeria and France signed contracts worth several billion euros during the visit.
The deals include oil, gas and nuclear energy projects.
In 2006, a memorandum of understanding was signed between Russia's Gazprom and Algeria's state-owned exporter Sonatrach.
This agreement, in theory, put 69% of Italy's natural gas under the control of a sole distributor.
EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said that "Our worries are the development of the contacts between Russia and Algeria," (Gazprom's agreement with Algeria in trouble?)
Terror in Algeria is often the work of the army. And there may be elements of the army prepared to work with the security services of the USA, France and other countries.
According to this article - Algeria: Islam, Oil & War on Terror -
"Getting to the root of the problem requires looking beyond the 'Islamist movement' and cracking down on the true source of strife: namely, the army. Operating under a thin veil of military dictatorship, Algeria’s state of affairs is being controlled by a 'military caste' that is intent on 'discrediting the Islamists.'"
In Algeria, the 'Moslem terrorists' are usually working for the security services of one country or another.
In 1991, the parliamentary election in Algeria was about to be won by the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS).
This was largely a protest vote against an 'unpopular, corrupt and dictatorial' government.
The Algerian military, supported by the French government, cancelled the 1991 election and took power.
There followed a series of terror events in Algeria and in France. This terror was blamed on the Algerian Armed Islamic Group - the GIA.
It is now believed that many of the terrorist atrocities in Algeria were the work of army undercover units.
The New Zealand Listener reported on the links between the security services and the 'Islamic terrorists' in Algeria:
"In recent years, firm evidence has begun to emerge from Algerian military sources and leading academics that the dreaded GIA has been, perhaps from the outset..., a dummy, or 'screen' organisation managed by French/Algerian counter-intelligence." http://www.listener.co.nz/default,1457.sm
What is the role of the USA in Algeria?
The United States is building a huge military surveillance base at Tamanrasset in Algeria.
US forces are training the Algerian military. Washington wants to provide Algiers with pilot-less drone planes.
This military base is a result of agreements signed between Washington and Algiers for oil industry development.
In addition, the United States has worked to include Algeria in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and considers Algeria one of its most important allies outside of NATO. - The Daily Star - Politics - Algeria's terror examined
In February 2001, 'The Dirty War', by Habib Souaidia, a former Algerian army officer, was published.
It tells of the part played by the Algerian army in the killing of tens of thousands of Algerians.
Habib writes: "I have seen colleagues burn alive a 15-year-old child.
"I have seen soldiers disguising themselves as terrorists and massacring civilians.
"I have seen colonels kill mere suspects in cold blood.
"I have seen officers torture fundamentalists to death...."
Robert Fisk in The Independent, January 1998, wrote about killings in certain villages in Algeria. Many of the dead were women and children; some were burned alive; some were decapitated or disembowelled. The villagers at Ouled Sahnine, Kherarba, El Abadel and Ouled Tayeb were Islamists and had voted in the 1991 elections for the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) . The killers used knives, wire and portable guillotines to butcher civilians. Whole families were herded into 'killing rooms' to have their throats cut, with shovels as well as knives. .
Algerian Genocide by France
aangirfan: Terror in Algeria
Fake terror in Algeria; the US military in Algeria; oil in Algeria.
aangirfan: Alleged use of terror by the French security services