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An Algerian newspaper reported that Izza Rezki, the head of finance for al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, was killed along with six other terrorists in an operation on Jan. 1. Rezki was also reported killed in late November 2012.
Algerian security forces killed seven more al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters during a raid in the Oued Bahara area of Boumerdes. The AQIM fighters were members of the El-Feth brigade.
Security forces killed six al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters during a raid in Bouzegza. The military is preparing for guerrilla warfare to combat Islamist fighters along the border with Mali.
Algerian army, air force, national gendarmerie, and special operation forces are conducting guerilla training exercises near the southern border to prepare for possible clashes with armed Islamists in northern Mali. Algeria is also tightening border controls, to curb the "co-operation and co-ordination between smuggling gangs, armed terrorist groups and arms trade mafia along the border strip between Algeria and Tunisia."
The Algerian military reportedly killed a "dangerous" Libyan member of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and detained three more fighters during a raid in Khenchela. An Algerian policeman was killed during the raid.
Terrorists killed an Algerian army colonel and wounded a guard near Bouira. The attack occurred as security forces were searching for a terrorist group in the area.
Salah Gasm, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's purported second in command, is rumored to have been captured outside of a restaurant of Cheurfa. The report is unconfirmed.
A leader from Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's El Moulethemine Brigade reportedly turned himself in to authorities last week. The unnamed commander is reportedly wanted by INTERPOL.
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.
Al Qaeda militants ambushed a bus carrying Algerian soldiers in the eastern part of the country and killed two of them. The soldiers were executed to retaliate for the recent death of Boualem Bekai, a.k.a. Khaled al-Mig, reportedly the "number two" leader of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, who was killed by the Algerian military near Tizi Ouzou.
Boualem Bekai, a.k.a. Khaled El Mig, a key al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb official who led militants in the Akfadou area and also served as head of foreign relations for AQIM, is said to have been killed by the Algerian military. Reports say he died on Oct. 12 in an ambush near Azrou in the Yakourene forest.
Security forces identified the suicide bomber in an attack in Ouargla in June as Abdessamia Bouzidi. He was wanted on terrorism charges and joined the jihadists in Mali. The Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa, an AQIM offshoot, claimed the attack.
Security forces disrupted an al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb network that was training Algerians to fight with Islamist terror groups in Libya. AQIM was training 27 fighters, who were to be deployed to Benghazi and Bani Walid.
The Defense Ministry said that security forces in Algeria killed 10 al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb operatives during two raids. A commander known as Boubeker Zemmouri, and eight other fighters were killed in Jebel Djerrah; another fighter was killed in a nearby village.