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Oct 24, 2013

Algerian troops find huge arms cache on Libya border

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian troops discovered a huge arms cache near the border with Libya, including hundreds of surface-to-air missiles, rockets and landmines, an Algerian security source said on Thursday.

“It is an arsenal of war,” the source, who asked not to be named, told Reuters, adding that it likely belonged to militants.

Oct 24, 2013

Algeria’s Bouteflika seeks to curb security service power

By Lamine Chikhi

(Reuters) – Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika wants to push through constitutional reforms before 2014 elections to put an end to the powerful intelligence service’s role as political kingmaker, the ruling FLN party’s chairman said.

Any challenge to the Department of Intelligence and Security (DRS) would amount to a major shakeup in Algeria where observers say the security agency has ruled behind the scenes with members of an FLN elite since independence from France in 1962.

Oct 10, 2013

Algeria gas plant mends its bullet holes

TIGUENTOURINE, Algeria, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Blast charred
walls have been repainted and bullet holes plastered over at the
In Amenas gas plant, as Algeria tries to tempt foreign oil
workers back to the Sahara.

But the black commemorative plaque listing 40 victims of
Islamist militants there keeps the memory alive of the January
attack that shook investors’ faith in Algeria’s oil and gas

Oct 1, 2013

Analysis: Algeria’s Bouteflika flexes muscles before 2014 vote

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Five months after a stroke put him in a Paris clinic under a cloud of succession rumors, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is again exercising the political muscle that has kept him in power for more than a decade.

Since his return from France in July, Bouteflika has moved to outflank rivals in behind-the-scenes negotiations within the ruling FLN party-military alliance that wields real authority.

Aug 9, 2013

Al Qaeda’s widening North African jihad confounds foes

ALGIERS/LONDON (Reuters) – Inquiries into the bloody assault on an Algerian gas plant are uncovering increasing evidence of contacts between the assailants and the jihadis involved in killing the U.S. ambassador to Libya nearly a year ago.

The extent of the contacts between the militants is still unclear and nobody is sure there was a direct link between the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and the carnage at In Amenas, where 39 foreign hostages were killed in January.

Jul 25, 2013

Algeria puts army in charge of fighting drug trafficking

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria has identified drug trafficking as a top national security threat linked to militancy in the region and put its powerful army in charge of fighting it, interior minister Daho Ould Kablia said.

“We are waging a war. It is a war against a new form of terrorism: drugs trafficking,” Ould Kablia told the APS state news agency late on Wednesday.

Jul 20, 2013

Algeria kills two deputies to AQIM leader: source

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian special forces have shot dead four Islamist militants, including two deputies to the leader of al Qaeda’s North African wing AQIM, a security source told Reuters.

The raid on Friday night in the region of Bouira, east of the capital, also uncovered a cache of money that was likely to have been paid to secure the freedom of Western hostages, said the source, who asked not to be named.

Jun 19, 2013

Algeria probes state power boss over Alstom, GE deals

ALGIERS, June 19 (Reuters) – Algeria is investigating the
head of its state power and gas utility, Sonelgaz, over
contracts involving U.S. conglomerate General Electric Co
and France’s Alstom SA, sources told Reuters and
Algerian local media reported.

“The case is about inflating costs in deals with U.S. firm
General Electric and French firm Alstom,” one of the sources
said. The source gave no further details.

May 19, 2013

With president ailing, Algeria prepares for end of an era

ALGIERS, May 19 (Reuters) – Three weeks after being rushed
to hospital in Paris, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
has disappeared from sight, leaving behind a country preparing
for a successor who for the first time will come from a
generation too young to have fought in Algeria’s war of
independence against France.

In a country run with Soviet-style secrecy, nobody is sure
how sick Bouteflika is. But despite an official bulletin last
week saying he was recovering from a minor stroke, most believe
the 76-year-old must be seriously ill to have disappeared from
public view for so long.

Apr 30, 2013

Algeria contemplates future without ailing Bouteflika

ALGIERS, April 30 (Reuters) – Ill-health may force veteran
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, now in hospital in
Paris, to hasten his departure from power, plunging a youthful,
restless nation into an uncertain political transition.

Algeria, led by Bouteflika since 1999, has for decades drawn
its presidents from an ageing cohort of men who won their spurs
in the bitter 1954-62 independence war with France.

    • About Lamine

      "I am based in Algiers, North Africa. I report on a wide range of issues including agriculture, oil and gas, terrorism, and telecoms. Before joining Reuters in 2003, i worked in several algerian dailies."
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