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.

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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...