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Senior al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb leader reportedly killed in Libya

Egypt looks to roll back Islamist militias in Libya

The Algerian justice minister announced that security forces have found and killed a second terrorist involved in the beheading of French hiker Herve Gourdel in September. The jihadist purportedly was a member of the Jund al-Khilafa group, which had claimed responsibility for the murder.

Kerry seeks authority to target Islamic State affiliates anywhere

An Algerian court acquitted a former inmate of Guantanamo Bay on terrorism charges due to insufficient evidence. The Algerian Director of the African Department at the Foreign Affairs Ministry pledged "to support all the actions and initiatives which can ... contribute to definitively defeat this terrible scourge (terrorism)" during the opening of a meeting by the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism.

The Algerian Army captured over 50 foreign smugglers along the country's border with Niger. The defense ministry stated that the operation was part of an effort to prevent Islamist attacks.

Algeria's justice minister announced that last month the army killed a man suspected to be involved in the September beheading of French hiker Herve Gourdel. Gourdel was killed by jihadists with Jund al-Khilafa, a group linked to the Islamic State.

"Four terrorists dressed in Afghan-style clothes" and armed with Kalashnikovs stole a vehicle in Bouira and then fled on Nov. 21. Two "terrorists" were killed in Tipza; "guns, ammunition, mobile phones and other equipment" were captured, according to the government.

In Mali's desert French troops hunt al Qaeda well by well

The Algerian Army killed seven "militants" and arrested two other suspects in a pair of operations near the borders with Mali and Libya. "A load of arms and missiles" was captured from the group attempting to enter the country from Mali.

Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal declared that "Algeria is safe from IS [The Islamic State], the Maghreb and North Africa cannot become acquainted with IS." The deputy defense minister and army chief of staff pledged the army's "determination" to "eradicate" terrorism.

The Algerian Army arrested a senior AQIM operative and killed three other militants in an ambush on a convoy of technical vehicles near the southwestern border with Mali. Weapons and ammunition were seized in the raid.

Algerian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdelaziz Benali Cherif condemned last Thursday's terrorist attacks on forces in neighboring Niger on Friday.

Algerian officials have pledged a strong response to terrorism after a local group has declared allegiance to the Islamic State. Yesterday, the defense ministry announced that Algerian troops killed two militants and seized "two Kalashnikov rifles, a pair of binoculars, three grenades, cell phones and other items" in Jijel province on Oct. 26.

The Algerian Army arrested two terrorists last week, including a Mauritanian member of a terror group affiliated with the Islamic State. On Oct. 20, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal rejected the idea that the Islamic State has a presence in Algeria.

Algeria Tightens Niger Border Security

French investigators in Algeria to probe monks' 1996 murders

The Algerian military ambushed a group of Islamist "militants" in Biskra on Oct. 6 and killed three fighters. On Oct. 7, the military captured 20 "criminals," including 12 Sudanese and eight Chadians, in Tiririne near the borders with Niger.

The military killed five "criminals" and injured four others in an ambush near the border with Niger yesterday; all of the "criminals" were foreigners, and one was a Libyan. On Sept. 30, troops searching for the body of slain French tourist Herve Gourdel clashed with a terrorist group outside Aït Oualbane, between Tizi Ouzou et Bouiranear Tikjda.

Justice Minister Louh said Algerian authorities have identified the suspects who beheaded French tourist Hervé Gourdel on Sept. 24 in the Djurdjura Mountains. Gourdel was kidnapped on Sept. 21 by Jund al-Khalifa fi Ard al-Jazayer ("Soldiers of the Caliphate in Algeria"), a newly emerged terror group led by Abdelmalek El Gouri a.k.a. Khaled Abou Souleiman, a former AQIM commander who has sworn allegiance to the Islamic State. Some 2,000 soldiers have been deployed to the area to search for Gourdel's body and to arrest the terrorist suspects; Louh said the investigation is continuing.