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Security forces have reportedly surrounded Yahya Djouadi, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's leader in the Sahel and Sahara regions, along with two deputies and three fighters in the El Marra region. Police and Army forces moved against Djouadi, who is also known as Yahya Abu Ammar, after receiving intelligence on his location.

The US released two Algerians, Hasan Zemiri and Adil Hadi al Jazairi Bin Hamlili, from the Guantánamo Bay detention facility in Cuba and returned them to Algeria. "The United States coordinated with the government of Algeria to ensure the transfers took place under appropriate security measures," a Justice Department statement said.

Unidentified Islamists have killed the Algerian military commander of Bajaia district in Bejaia province and an army colonel at Allaghane, 250km east of Algiers. Two Islamists were killed the night before when authorities ambushed their vehicle at Boudjelil. Two Islamists escaped the ambush.

Ten Islamic fighters have been killed by Algerian security forces after a tip-off led to the authorities intercepting their vehicles in a rural region near the village of Slim. A "large quantity" of weapons was seized from the vehicles. Security officials state that 30 Islamists have been killed over the last month.

An engineer working for the Canadian corporation SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. was kidnapped by five armed gunmen on the way to work. The abducted engineer was forced into the car of the gunmen in Djebahia, 150km from Algiers. The engineer was working on a water treatment plant. Police are negotiating for the employee™s release.

One Algerian soldier was killed when a roadside bomb planted by Islamists exploded 40km east of Tizi Ouzou in northeastern Algeria. Two civilians were injured in the explosion as well. Security forces hunting Islamists in the area have defused a number of home-made roadside bombs in the last few days.

The Algerian military is sending 3,000 additional troops to its borders with Mali, Niger, and Mauritania in an effort to thwart Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb™s movement across the border. The lockdown will restrict border crossings into Algeria to just eight, and will be supplemented with additional military patrols, new surveillance spots, and permission protocols. Authorities note that "anyone who violates the order might be shot."

Algerian security forces killed four Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb members. The fighters were caught driving towards Msila, 250 km southeast of Algeria, when they were ambushed. Security forces have conducted a number of operations in the past weeks, killing over 20 Islamists and capturing numerous others.

Ten suspected Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb members have been arrested in separate raids in Algiers and Setif. The four men arrested in Setif are suspected of providing logistical support for AQIM while the six members in Algiers are accused of extorting money from small businesses in the capital to finance the terrorist organization.

More than 20 Islamist fighters have been surrounded by Algerian authorities in three operations in Boumerdes province. Security forces killed four Islamist fighters in Bouira, one of whom was a Libyan. A 30-man network that supported Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb was apprehended outside the city of Constantine; the men's roles in the terrorist network are unclear.

Two suspected members of an extremist group held for seven years in Guantanamo Bay have been acquitted by an Algerian court. The men allege that they were "brutally tortured" in Guantanamo. They were arrested in Pakistan after 9/11 and sent home to Algeria last year; on Sunday, an Algerian court acquitted them of charges of being members of a extremist group.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has been recruiting Algerian fighters returning from Iraq. Upwards of 60 well-trained former Iraqi fighters may have joined the terrorist organization since 2007. Many of the returning fighters are recruited from Oued Souf, Batna, and Misla in Algeria. Several students are believed to be among those joining AQIM.

An Algerian court has sentenced Abdelmalek Droukdel, the leader of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, to death in absentia. In addition, 48 accused AQIM co-defendants received various sentences, including other notorious AQIM emirs. Already sentenced to death for other terrorist attacks, Droukdel received the current death sentence for his group's involvement in the April 2007 bombing in Algiers that killed 11 people and wounded 100.

Three Islamists suspected of being Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb members were killed in an ambush by Algerian security forces near Tizi Ouzou, about 110 km east of Algiers. This ambush comes days after two Islamists were killed by Algerian security forces in Boumerdes, 50 km from Algiers.

An officer with the rank of commander of the National People™s Army (ANP) was killed yesterday when a car bomb he was set to defuse exploded, killing him instantly. He was killed near Cap Djinet, 35 kilometers east of Boumerdes. The bombs were discovered during a car crash when the car that overturned was found to contain many homemade bombs associated with those used by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

Five dead bodies of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb have been discovered during military sweeps in the forest of Bougaten in the Bordj Bou Arreridj region. The region, 220 km east of Algiers, is widely considered an AQIM stronghold and serves as a transit area for Islamists operating throughout the region.

Algerian authorities have said that seven security guards working for the Canadian firm SNC-Lavalin have been killed and two injured when gunmen opened fire on them. The attack occurred at a construction site operated by the company in the Kabylie region that is known for Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb activity. No Canadians were among those killed.

One of the Islamists killed on Oct. 7 by Algerian security forces has been identified as Mourad Louzai, a prominent Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb leader. He was killed along with nine others when their convoy was intercepted during a military operation outside the town El Bayadh, about 400 miles south of Algiers.

Algerian authorities killed four Islamists in two separate operations this weekend. Three Islamists were killed in Tizi Ouzo province while a fourth, said to be a member of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, was killed in the coastal city of Dellys. A number of hideouts were destroyed and arms were discovered during the operations.

A gunbattle erupted in the Sahara desert in southern Algeria early Friday morning after Algerian security forces engaged several vehicles carrying armed fighters. Ten suspected Islamists and three Algerian security personal were reported killed. Security forces seized large quantities of weapons and medicine. Further clashes between Islamists and security forces have been reported.