French drones head for Sahel
Harfang drones are to be positioned in Niger before the end of this year ready to support a probable African military intervention in northern Mali. [...]
The DGSE (Direction Generale de la Securite Exterieure) is France’s external intelligence service. Operating all over the world, the agents of its operations department, or DO, and intelligence department, DR, have distinguished themselves recently in Africa and the Middle East. The service’s technical department, or DT, is France’s dedicated interceptions service, like Britain’s GCHQ or the NSA in the US.
Since Francois Hollande’s election as French president, the Elysee Palace no longer has someone in overall charge of handing hostage crisis resolution. Benoit Puga used to be in this position when he was Nicolas Sarkozy’s private military chief of staff [...]
Diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Syria having achieved nothing, in recent months Western nations have dropped hints that they are providing unofficial support to the opposition forces fighting Bashar Al Assad’s regime. However, despite the talk, only very [...]
King Abdullah appointed Bandar bin Sultan as the new head of the General Intelligence Directorate (GID), the Saudi external intelligence service, on July 19, with a view to expanding the kingdom's covert operations in the region. The two objectives he [...]