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Three Islamist fighters were killed in a two-hour firefight with Algerian authorities in the northern city of M'Sila. Freha villagers in the province of Tizi-Ouzou conducted a 100-vehicle caravan protest through the Ait Jennad region against Islamists who kidnapped a 34-year-old businessman. They seek his unconditional release, similar to the release of an 80-year-old kidnapped villager in April by al Qaeda's El Farouk brigade.

Three gendarmes were killed in a remotely detonated IED attack at a checkpoint in Ziama-Mansouriah near Jijel in eastern Algeria. Two Algerian civilians were killed and two more were injured by a roadside bomb near Tebessa.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb ambushed and killed 11 Algerian police officers near the border with Mali. AQIM attacked the police convoy near Tinzaoutine (1,200 miles from Algiers) in Tamanrasset province, which hosts the Sahel regional joint anti-terror headquarters.

A roadside bomb planted by Islamists has injured one civilian in Tala Mimoune, north of Tizi-Ouzou, where seven al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula terrorists were killed earlier this month. The bomb was suspected of targeting a military convoy traveling in Mizrana.

Security forces killed three Islamist terrorists during operations over the weekend. Security forces targeted the Islamists in the Babors Mountains after receiving tips that indicated that terrorists were operating in the Petite Kabylie region, north of Setif.

Algerian authorities arrested six men accused of operating a terror-support cell in Tissemsilet that provided logistic support for Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. The men, aged between 20 to 60, operated in Medea, Tissemsilet and Ain Defla.

Algerian authorities dismantled a terror cell providing logistical support and new recruits to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. A number of men, between the ages of 22 and 35, belonged to AQIM's El Huda brigade in the Kabylie region. Algerian security services released details on the terror watchlist database shared by Sahel-Sahara countries.

Three Algerian soldiers were killed in an ambush in a forest in Yakouren. The army patrol was attacked in Tizi-Ouzou province, a known stronghold for terrorist groups such as al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. The Islamist ambush comes days after an army barracks was destroyed by an AQIM suicide bomber in Boumerdes province.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has been blamed for an attack on a police barracks that has killed four and injured 20. A suicide bomber drove a truck laden with explosives into a police barracks in the town of Timizar in the Kabylia region. Two Islamists were killed in a lorry that was following the truck. Four Islamists were killed and two arrested in an ambush by the Algerian military north of Tizi-Ouzou.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb beheaded a 70-year-old man who was a former member of a government-sanctioned rural militia. The former CIA station chief pled guilty to drug use and abusive sexual contact while serving in Algiers.

A terrorist cell based in Boumerdes has been dismantled after it was discovered that it planned to attack foreign vessels off the Algerian coast. An arrest of a member of the terror cell in the western town of Boukaroun uncovered the plot to mount sea attacks and transport weapons and explosives to Islamists in the Kabylie region.

A roadside bomb killed two soldiers and wounded 18 others traveling in a convoy in the Boumerdes region, a known Islamist stronghold 35 miles east of Algiers. Police are blaming al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb for the attack, which is one of the deadliest this year.

Three Islamist fighters were killed and one captured by the Algerian military in northeastern Algeria. The Islamists were ambushed and killed in Jijel province. Jijel province borders the Kabylia region, which has been the stronghold of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Islamist fringe groups.

The Algerian military has reported that it has surrounded a number of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb leaders at Zekri, in the province of Bejaia. One of those thought to be surrounded is the leader of AQIM, Abu Mosaâb Abelouadoud, aka Abdelmalek Droukdal. The NPA is giving Droukdal and the others one last chance to surrender before the army assaults their position.

As part of the new strategy against al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the army chiefs of staff of Sahel-Saharan nations have agreed to triple their joint troop levels to 75,000 security officers and soldiers at a joint military headquarters in Tamanrasset, Algeria, by 2012. They will also look to strengthen the air forces of Mali, Mauritania, Chad, and Niger.

The Algerian army has reportedly surrounded Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb emir Abdelmalek Droukdel in Bordj Bou Arreridj, a province of the Kabylie region. This is the third attempt by Algerian forces to capture or kill the infamous terrorist leader. The attempted ambush is part of anti-terror operations being conducted nationwide in an effort to eliminate the remaining elements of AQIM in Algeria.

An 83-year-old entrepreneur kidnapped on March 23 has been released unharmed by Islamist fighters in Ait Koufi in the Kabylie region after residents refused to pay his ransom and called a general strike against the kidnappers. Traditionally an Islamist stronghold, residents have staged an unprecedented condemnation of the Islamist activities in an effort to get the elderly man's captors to release him unharmed.

Algeria is hosting a meeting of seven Maghreb countries in Algiers with the aim to "implement a collective strategy" in halting Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's illicit activities in the Sahara and Sahel. Additionally, they want to share information in the fight against transnational drug cartels that transport drugs through their countries. Due to a long-running feud over the Western Sahara, Morocco has not been invited. Meanwhile, Algeria has launched a military offfensive against AQIM.

Islamists killed seven security contractors and one soldier during an ambush in Kabylie, near Bejaia. The security guards were killed when their vehicle came under fire, and a remotely detonated bomb killed one soldier and wounded two others investigating the attack. The security guards are contracted by Sonelgaz.

The Israeli man reported to be kidnapped by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is a Mossad agent named Alberto and is currently in police custody. The agent was spying in Hassi Messaoud, and had been aided by four Egyptian executives at Orascom Construction. He was carrying a forged Spanish passport at the time of his capture.