It reads like a written warning to a worker facing disciplinary proceedings. In page after page, bosses accuse him of failing to answer his phone, failing to turn in expense reports, ignoring meetings and refusing to carry out orders.
But the recipient of the letter was not your typical corporate employee: it was international terrorist Moktar Belmoktar. And the sender? Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the terror group’s North African branch.
Most scathing of all, the group’s chiefs claimed Belmoktar had failed to carry out a single spectacular operation, despite the resources at his disposal.
Belmoktar responded the way talented employees with bruised egos have in corporations the world over: He quit and formed his own competing group.
Within months, he carried out two lethal operations that killed 101 people in all: one of the largest hostage-takings in history at a BP-operated gas plant in Algeria in January, and simultaneous bombings at a military base and a French uranium mine in Niger just last week.