About the Report
This report reveals the dangerous complicity between Western governments, ‘proxy’ intelligence agencies and terrorist organisations.
In January 2013, some 32 terrorists attacked the Tiguentourine gas plant near In Amenas in Algeria’s Sahara Desert. 800 people, including 130 expatriates from almost 30 countries, worked there. By the time the Algerian army reclaimed the site, some 80 people had died. Throughout the 4-day siege, the Algerian army, under the command of Algeria’s secret intelligence service, the Département du renseignement et de la sécurité (DRS), made no attempt to negotiate the safety and release of the hostages. Evidence provided in Keenan’s 283-page report strongly suggests that the attack was a false-flag operation organised by the DRS that went drastically wrong. The report provides evidence to show that the US, UK and French authorities had long been aware of the DRS’s association with terrorist groups and were complicit in false flag terrorist operations in the Sahara designed to further Western interests in the so-called Global War on Terror (GWOT).
The Report provides evidence to show how the subsequent inquest, held at London’s Royal Courts of Justice and Old Bailey, covered up the West’s complicity. It also reveals how the British government used a PII (Public Interest Immunity) certificate to mask its intelligence shortcomings and complicity in an even greater state crime involving the training of Al Qaeda-linked terrorists in Algeria.
Jeremy Keenan is a social anthropologist and visiting professor in the School of Law, Queen Mary University London. He is also professorial research associate in the department of social anthropology and sociology at SOAS, London University. A recognised authority on the Sahara and its peoples, especially the Tuareg, he has over 300 academic publications to his name. His work in the Sahara began in 1964. His books on the Sahara include: The Tuareg. People of Ahaggar (1977 republished in 2002); Sahara Man. Travelling with the Tuareg (2001 republished 2003); The Lesser Gods of the Sahara, (Routledge 2004); The Sahara: Past Present and Future (Routledge 2006); The Dark Sahara: Americas War on Terror in Africa (Pluto 2009) and The Dying Sahara: US Imperialism and Terror in Africa (Pluto 2013). Three others - The West’s Collusion in Terrorism: the Sahara and Sahel; Kafka’s desert: the Sahara’s years of terror and Doing Anthropology in dangerous places - are in preparation.
Since 2001, his work has focused almost exclusively on the GWOT in North Africa, on which he has written extensively. He briefs NATO; the European Commission; US State Department; UN; several European governments; major corporates and INGOs on security and terrorism in the Sahara-Sahel region. He also writes/broadcasts for Al Jazeera, Middle East Eye, ISCI, New African, Open Democracy, New Internationalist, BBC, RFI, France 24, Die Welt, jungeWelt and others.
A Times Literary Supplement review described him as “his own man: brave, authoritative and master of his environment by dint of scholarship and experience”.