Dr. Tewfik Hamel. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What is your reading of the trial of strength which is currently confronting Saudi Arabia and its allies with Qatar? Some sources even mention the risk of war in the region. What do you think?
Dr. Tewfik Hamel: Many points overlap and deserve to be highlighted, notably the period of change in the Arab world which will not be short, but a constant struggle between the forces that are trying to define the future of the region. Internal conflicts are partly associated with these changes. Then there is the intellectual confusion surrounding the nature of this hostility. Added to this, are the rise of Iran and a sense of insecurity of Saudis that can not be appeased. Finally, the role of the United States:
Alain Rodier. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You are the author, among others, of “Grand angle sur le terrorisme” (Wide Angle on Terrorism) and “Grand angle sur la mafia” (Wide Angle on Mafia). In these two very relevant books, you analyze terrorism and mafias, which brings us back to the links between these two phenomena. One is talking more and more about hybrid terrorism related to serious criminality, what is your opinion on that?
Alain Rodier: The term « hybrid terrorism » emerged to highlight the links between terrorist movements and crime in general and organized in particular. A first phenomenon is well known: that of the petty criminals who enter into terrorism. Interest is then reciprocal. Different « losers » see it as a way of « fulfill oneself » by getting out of their criminal anonymity by espousing a cause that, in their vast majority, they do not know. What is amazing is that they are not only able to give their lives for this cause (like almost all active soldiers), but that their essential aim is martyrdom. Apart from Japanese suicide bombers, modern history knows no similar cases. The great question that is posed and which has not yet been answered satisfactorily is: why? Lire la suite »
Tewfik Hamel: We don’t fight against mosquitoes with a Kalashnikov, but in « cleaning the swamp » that support them
Tewfik Hamel. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: According to you, Daesh is it not operating a tactical retreat in particular in Syria and in Iraq, especially when we see cities as Falloujah falling so easily, what the western media present as a defeat of Daesh?
Tewfik Hamel: It’s still early to speak about the defeat of Daesh. In Syria, in Iraq as in Libya, neither the worst nor the best is inevitable. The situation is very complex. These countries are experiencing what is called in military jargon « war amongst the populations » where traditional concepts of the decisive victory may have less meaning. In this type of conflict, non-state armed groups of all kinds, draw their strength and freedom of action mainly of their capacity to manipulate, intimidate and mobilize populations, and they do this by using a variety of methods ranging from constraint to persuasion. Lire la suite »
Eric Draitser. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You studied the Libyan chaos case, how do you envisage the exit of crisis in this country?
Eric Draitser: Unfortunately there is no real solution to the chaos in Libya in the near future. The NATO terrorist war on that country effectively destroyed all political, economic, and social institutions such that any future government would have to spend tremendous time and resources rebuilding the country from the ground up. Considering that the so called « government » in Libya is little more than a political symbol rather than an effective state leadership, it is unlikely that there can be any concerted, cohesive strategy to rebuild the country and its institutions. Lire la suite »
Abdelmalek Gouri, head of Daesh-IS in Algeria, eliminated by the ANP. D.R.
The masterful operation that resulted in the neutralization of Abdelmalek Gouri, the Emir of Daesh-IS in Algeria, is the fruit of a long and painstaking intelligence work by the ANP (National People’s Army), the DRS (secret service), the National Gendarmerie and the National Police. The cell of coordination to fight against terrorism and bringing together the various security bodies has shown its effectiveness in carrying out the dismantling of networks of logistics of Daesh-IS in several towns in Eastern Algeria such as Constantine, Guelma, Tebessa, and others. These extremely specific interventions have enabled the elimination of the direct surroundings of the alleged leader of Daesh-IS in Algeria who wanted to settle in the strategic area of Boumerdes, former stronghold of the GSPC (Salafist Group for preaching and combat). The rapidity of execution, either in neutralizing the terrorist group logistics networks as well as in the elimination of its alleged leader, has proven to the world the professionalism and the competence of our security services and their hardening to the threat that comes mainly from Libya. Knowing that Daesh-IS is linked to very powerful intelligence services, Senator McCain being boasted of almost daily relations with the group, it can be said that through this massive operation targeted of the ANP as well as all the bodies that have worked day and night for several months, have scuppered the project of a subsidiary of Daesh-IS in Algeria, generated by the Libyan chaos. Lire la suite »