New turnover at the head of the Algerian intelligence services. Promoted to Major General on July 5, Abdelghani Rachedi was installed on July 20 at the head of the Directorate of Documentation and External Security (DDSE) in place of Major General Djamel Kehal Medjdoub. Appointed in May 2022 boss of the DDSE, Medjdoub inherits the Management general of internal security (DGSI) of which Rachedi had been the boss since April 2020.
The installation ceremony of the two heads of the internal and external intelligence services took place at the headquarters of the Ministry of Defense in the presence of the army chief of staff, Said Chengriha. The press release from the Ministry of Defense does not mention any reason for these changes, which come just two months after the arrival of Djamel Kehal Medjdoub at the head of the DDSE.
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Back to grace
A graduate of the Department of Intelligence and Security (DRS) school in Algiers, then passed through Saint-Cyr and then the Academy of Foreign Intelligence of the Russian FSB, Major General Djamel Kehal Medjdoub headed security and presidential protection (DSPP) between 2005 et 2015, before being dismissed following a scandalous case of attempted intrusion into the residence of Zéralda, place of residence and work of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Convicted in December 2015 in connection with this case and then cleared on appeal by the courts, this Persian-speaking senior officer, who passed through several countries – France, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and Pakistan – returned to grace in May 2022 as director of the DDSE.
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Former military attaché to the United Arab Emirates, Abdelghani Rachedi was until March 2022 Director General of the Institute for Advanced National Security Studies, from where he was relieved of his duties to be appointed as interim head of the DGSI.