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The Islamist Green Bloc is preparing to select a candidate to run for president in 2014, a plan which could "could stop the harassment and attacks against Algeria." Iraqi authorities are said to be considering the possibility of pardoning Algerian prisoners currently held in Iraq for crimes including terrorism.
Algeria condemned the recent bombing of the Al Iman mosque in Damascus, Syria. Iraq refused Algeria's request to free 11 Algerians held prisoner in Iraq because they are "criminals" involved in terrorism and corruption.
A Tizi Ouzou court sentenced al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb leader Abdelmalek Droukdel and 34 other terrorists in absentia to death for the April 2011 attack on an Algerian military camp in Azazga that killed 14 soldiers. Authorities are concerned about a steep rise in child kidnappings; there were 276 such cases in Algeria in 2012.
High-level Islamist officials linked to the Muslim Brotherhood are meeting this weekend to discuss plans, including possible unification of factions as an educational organization or a political party. The government has permitted a group of moderate imams to form their own union to promote moderate Islam and combat the rise of the Salafist movement; the group has been trying to unionize since 1999. Algeria is now the sixth-largest arms importer in the world.
Security forces dismantled an al Qaeda-linked terrorist cell during an operation in Bordj Badji Mokhtar; seven suspects were detained, including two Malians. The cell was involved in helping jihadists escape from Mali into Algeria. Kamel Kadkadi, the main suspect in the assassination of Chokri Belaid, was extradited to Tunisia after being arrested near the Tunisian border. Security forces killed two terrorists in the Benbadis region near Constantine.
Of the roughly 400 al Qaeda militants said to be active in eastern Algeria's Kabylie region, an estimated 280 are in Bouira, 73 in Boumerdès, and 50 in Tizi Ouzou, the key strongholds of AQIM. Terrorists attacked a Tizi Ouzou City checkpoint on March 3, and killed a soldier in the Yakouren forest on March 4. A Tizi Ouzou court sentenced two terrorists to 20 years in prison for a 2007 attack on a bus station. There were 65 terror attacks in Algeria in 2012, mostly in the provinces of Boumerdès, Tizi Ouzou, Bouira, and Béjaïa.
Government forces discovered weapons and explosives and killed two terrorists in the province of Tizi Ouzou; one died after an ambush near Tadmait and Drâa Ben Khedda, and the other was killed in Tleta Hidoussen. Six terrorists have been killed in the province this year.
Authorities are carrying out DNA tests to confirm whether al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb commander Abu Zeid has been killed. A US official said reports of Zeid's death were "very credible."
One of 12 terrorists killed by security forces in operations on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25 was the al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb emir for the town of Bordj Menaïel in Boumerdès province. Security forces arrested two men who had been recruited by the al Qaeda-linked Signed in Blood Battalion to spy on the Id Amenas facility before it was attacked. A longtime terrorist named Aboul-Abbas was sentenced to life in prison.