Sunday, July 08, 2007

Algeria, Oil, Mossad, terror...

On 6 July 2007, a bomb hit the convoy of a top regional official in Algeria. Al Qaeda has been blamed. (International Herald Tribune )

On 6 July 2007, Algeria's state oil and gas company and KBR Inc., a former Halliburton Co. subsidiary, signed a US$2.88 billion deal Saturday for a liquefied natural gas plant. ( Algeria, KBR sign US$2.88 billion deal for liquefied natural gas ... )

On 7 July 2007, a court in Algeria sentenced an Algerian journalist to 10 years in prison for spying for Israel. ( Algerian jailed for spying for Israel: lawyers)

The New Zealand Listener reported on the links between the security services and the 'Islamic terrorists' (GIA) 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." (,

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 this North African country one of its most important allies outside of NATO.

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.


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