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Friday, February 7, 2014

Algerian Power Struggle: "Toufik" said to Prefer Firing to Retirement

The confrontation between Algeria's President and its most powerful intelligence official (see yesterday's post) continues: this report claims sources close to General Mohamrd Mediene (known by his revolutionary nom de guerre as "Toufik"), would prefer to be fired to being retired or resigning. Even the picture with the story is debatable since, as I noted yesterday, there are no verified photos of the man, so if you don't even know what he looks like, how can you verify the source? What's clear is the escalation continues apace.

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