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Vol 55 No 21

Published 24th October 2014

Comrades in arms deals

Ever more visits by European and US military officials to North African capitals suggest old connections are back on course

The global news agenda has moved on since the attack on the Tiguentourine gas plant near In Amenas in Algeria in January 2013 and the ousting of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi this June. The BP-Statoil-Sonatrach facility was supplying 2% of the European Union's natural gas. Meanwhile, armed chaos reigned in Mali, a traditional zone of influence for Algerian military intelligence, the Département du renseignment et de la sécurité (DRS), under the veteran Lieutenant General Mohammed Lamine 'Tewfik' Medienne.

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