Analysis Algeria Siege Is Motivated by Al-Qaida In-fighting, Not France's Intervention in Mali

Contrary to claims by the terrorists, the attack in Amenas was likely planned weeks, or months, in advance; Algeria's military operation to free the hostages, on the other hand, was a hasty measure aimed at securing the government's image of power and control, even at the cost of foreigners' lives.

Contrary to claims by the Algeria kidnappers that their attack was launched in response to a French strike in Mali, it is likely that the group's true...