The wider regional Islamist threat from the
GSPC/AQIM appeared to be minimal in the past (except to Mali, Niger and
Mauritania). This is no longer the case. Such movements are proliferating and
reforming in ways that could seriously threaten security inside Algeria itself.
The Islamist ‘terrorist’ groups that have taken over control of northern Mali are not only the creations of Algeria’s secret police, the Département du Renseignement et de la Sécurité (DRS), but they are being supplied, supported and orchestrated by the DRS.