There's not too much evidence at hand, but loads of really fishy "coincidences".
To start with: who was the leader of the famous algeria kidnappers & the start of Al Kaida myth in the Sahara? His nickname is El Parra. An ex-bodyguard of the algerian president. The whole kindnapping was a soapy scam. In late 2003 I travelled from Reggane to Kidal with two of the 5 guys who "negotiated" the release of the hostages. Hahaha. The "fight" with the hostage takers in Chad in which all of them were killed by the chadian army which on the other hand didn't have any casualties. Hahaha. It was a missile, US made and owned, I claim without evidence, just using logic.
I have no proof, but since the hostage taking situation in algeria with El Parra and other parrots the americans have been consistently transplanting the Al Kaida myth into subsaharan Africa. Mali, Niger, Mauritania. It's a comedy. And a really sad one.
The attitude of the self-proclaimed civilised West is probably best described by the cancellation of the results of the first democratic elections in Algeria in 1991. Remember? Evidence, what evidence?
what's wrong with R. Fisk? Ideological reservations?