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Algerian military helicopters killed Khalil Ould Addah a.k.a. Abu Bassen, a Mauritanian who served in a key position in al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, in an attack in Tamanrasset province. Addah was killed along with four associates as they drove in two all-terrain vehicles across the desert from Mali on their way to a meeting of top AQIM officials. A Syrian refugee was recently convicted in absentia of recruiting Algerian fighters for the Ansar al-Sham jihadist group in Syria. Several jihadist recruiting cells have been dismantled, but some Algerians have gone to Syria to fight.
Five terrorists were killed in a clash with security forces near Debdeb on Nov. 12, and two terrorists from a Malian cell of Mokhtar Belmokhtar's group were arrested in Borj Baji Mokhtar on Nov. 1 on their way to northern Mali. Algeria reaffirmed its commitment to a border security plan made in March 2012 in Tripoli. The military is continuing to monitor Algeria's southern and eastern borders to prevent infiltration of al Qaeda-linked terrorists.
Authorities have said little about the recent seizure of a large quantity of Libyan weapons, including over 100 surface-to-air missiles, after an ambush on a convoy in Illizi near the Libyan border. During the operation, which reportedly involved a large number of security personnel, one vehicle managed to escape. Authorities have not given details as to the persons involved or the date of the operation.
Security forces found a massive arms cache in the southern province of Illizi near the Libyan border. Authorities suspect that militants created the cache, said to contain 100 antiaircraft missiles along with hundreds of anti-helicopter rockets, RPGs, and landmines.
Foreign Minister Lamamra said "considerable means" are being used to seal Algeria's eastern and southern borders against terrorist infiltration; over 12,000 troops have been deployed, in the biggest mobilization yet along the border. He also said Algeria is beefing up security at its diplomatic missions in unstable countries. Terrorists in an SUV recently tried to attack police headquarters in the southern city of Adrar. Military forces in Tamanrasset arrested Bousad Hammadi, a.k.a. Hanafi, a prominent member of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, on Oct. 16.
Security forces killed five al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters during a gun battle in Dellys in Boumerdes province. Officials estimate that 30 Algerians are fighting alongside the Al Nusrah Front and other jihadist groups in Syria.
Security forces killed seven terrorists in helicopter airstrikes in the Bordj Baji Moktar area of southern Algeria. The terrorists were attempting to cross the border into Mauritania, "where training camps run by salafist groups are located."
President Bouteflika asked security forces to bolster border security due to recent escalation of al Qaeda activity in the northeastern province of Batna. Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb chief Abdalmalek Droukdel has reportedly ordered brigade chiefs to step up terrorist operations in cities and to focus on recruiting more fighters.
The Algerian government-owned energy consortium Sonatrach, which provides about 30 percent of Algeria's GNP, is considering setting up a security company to protect its oil and gas facilities from terrorist threats. Algeria already has several thousand soldiers guarding the facilities.
Security forces disabled three bombs in operations in Dellys and Bouira. Islamist groups affiliated with al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb are suspected of planting the bombs to break a siege along the Tunisian border. Terrorists also attacked a police post in Lakhdaria, north of Bouira. Prime Minister Sellal said Algeria is now living in the middle of a volcano, due to the threats along its southern and eastern borders.