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Algeria and Tunisia concluded two days of talks. Several cooperation agreements were signed, including joint counterterrorism efforts.
The military killed four al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters during a raid in the town of Bordj Menaiel in Boumerdes. The region is a known AQIM hotspot.
The Army claimed that it killed senior al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb leader Rabah Makhfi, who is also known as Sheikh Nacer, and two others in Bejaia. Makhfi is thought to be AQIM's top military commander.
The military is building a 50-km-long electric fence on the border with Mali, and the defense ministry plans to set up a system of electronic surveillance, checkpoints, and aerial operations along the Malian and Libyan borders. On Nov. 6, border security personnel arrested a Nigerian suicide attacker from the Movement for Tawhid and Jihad in West Africa; and on Oct. 31, they arrested 12 armed jihadists traveling to Mali in SUVs, and six armed smugglers traveling from Libya to Mali in SUVs.
US Secretary of State Clinton arrived in Algeria to discuss neighboring Mali where large areas have been overrun by al Qaeda-affiliated groups. The US wants Algeria's backing for military intervention in Mali.
After opposing foreign intervention against al Qaeda-linked groups in Mali, Algeria reportedly has approved such an operation. Algeria will back the mission but will not allow foreign troops to use its territory.
A court in Tizi Ouzou sentenced eight men to death and six others to terms of more than 20 years in prison for kidnapping, ransom, murder, and other crimes; six of those sentenced are linked to al Qaeda. Tizi Ouzou has been a hub of al Qaeda activity.