Interesting interview with a British expert Jeremy Keenan a couple of years ago. He describes a previous terror incident in 2002/3 involving the kidnap of westerners in the Sahara. He strongly indicates that the incident in 2002/3 was a false flag incident staged by the Algerian secret services with the active collusion of the Americans. The reason for the false flag incident was to provide a reason for launching the Global War on Terror in Africa and the establishment of AFRICOM.
He indicates the false flag terror network was being reactivated in about 2008-09.