The key evidence I set out was that the leader of the attack, Mohamed Lamine Bouchneb, had close relations with the DRS
, and that evidence revealed his DRS handler as being none other than General Rachad Lallali (a.k.a. "Attafi"), the most senior DRS General under the overall DRS boss, General Mohamed Mediène
By the end of 9/11, DRS chief General Mohamed Mediène ('Tewfik') had not only lost his previously substantial political power and influence over most ministerial portfolios, but also three of his five 'directorates'.
These latter meant that he
no longer had control of the media and propaganda, access to and control over much of the army, including its military investigation centre, and his
was left with his
two main directorates: the DSI and the DDSE, under the commands of Generals Tartag and Lallali ("Attafi") respectively.
However, by late that evening, rumours were spreading that Bouteflika was preparing to remove the DRS'
three remaining top Generals: Mediène
, Tartag and Lallali.
Before September was finished, the five main branches of the DRS
had been removed from its control, with its three "big beasts" - Generals M'henna Djebbar, Tartag and Lallali - dismissed/retired, and General Mohamed Mediène
, who had once called himself "The God of Algeria", and who until only a few days earlier was regarded by most people who knew Algeria as the most powerful man in the country, in charge of "nothing".
In 1992, the DRS arranged the assassination of Mohamed Boudiaf, the country's effective President, while President Liamine Zeroual actually resigned the presidency in 1998 having failed to remove Mediène.
Many analysts now see Bouteflika's moves as perhaps the final phase in his
own "war" with Mediène
Algerian politics since 2010 have been dominated by the ongoing struggle between the Bouteflika presidency and Mediène's DRS, with Bouteflika being reduced for much of the last three years to little more than a lame-duck president.
This is because the DRS officially - at least on paper diagrams of the Algerian state structure - is just a branch of the army, but had grown under Mediène to be its controller.
Zeroual resigned in 1998 after failing to get rid of DRS boss General Mohamed Mediène.