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Algeria has begun the trial of Mukhtar Belmukhtar, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's leader in southern Algeria. Belmukhtar and four other AQIM fighters are being tried in absentia for acts of terrorism. Five other AQIM fighters on trial are in custody.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters kidnapped the governor of Illizi in the southeastern region of Algeria near the Libyan border. The AQIM fighters are thought to have taken the governor across the border into Libya.

Military officials claimed they have killed a top Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb leader. Mohand Ouramdane and his second in command were reportedly killed in an ambush by Algerian troops in the town of Azib Ahmed, about 3 km east of Tizi Ouzou. An Algerian court sentenced in absentia Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, one of the most radical AQIM leaders, to life in prison for creating "an international terror group."

Security forces killed six "armed men" and detained 12 more during an operation in Tebessa in southern Algeria. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has strongholds in the area.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb kidnapped three aid workers, two Spaniards and an Italian, from a refugee camp near Tindouf. One of the Spanish hostages was wounded during the kidnapping.

Algerian security forces reportedly killed Adel Bourai, who served as the "treasurer" for al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Bourai was killed along with six other AQIM fighters during an operation in the Kabylia mountains near Boumerdes.

The US State Department warned of an al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb plot to shoot down airliners chartered by oil companies in the country. AQIM is believe to be in possession of Russian-made SAM-7 anti-aircraft missiles.

Eight people, including including 16 soldiers, were killed in a suicide attack on a military academy in the town of Cherchell. AQIM is thought to have carried out the attack.

Gunmen killed two traffic policemen in Bordj Bouararidj and stole their weapons; one other man was injured in the attack. Most of the increasingly numerous attacks in Algeria have been claimed by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

Insurgents attacked a military checkpoint near the village of Taouarga in Bourmedes province, killing one soldier and injuring two more.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed credit for the Aug. 14 suicide bombing at a police station in Tizi Ouzou that wounded more then 30 Algerians. AQIM claimed 35 "apostates" were killed.

A suicide bomber detonated his car bomb outside of a police station, wounding 29 people, including 11 policemen. The blast took place in Tizi-Ouzou, an area with a strong al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb presence.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb killed two Algerian soldiers in an IED attack in the Tissemsilt region. Abdelkahar Belhad confirmed that Abdelkahar Belhad was killed when he carried out the July 25 suicide attack.

A pair of Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb suicide bombers killed four people in an attack on a police headquarters in the town of Bordj Menaiel in Kabylie, an AQIM stronghold. Three policemen were among the four people killed.

The government is set to free from prison more than 7,000 Islamist fighters held after the civil war in the 1990s, according to Islamists. The government believes this will allow it to avoid protests that have plagued other regimes.

Security forces killed al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb leader Kamel Bourihane during a Feb. 4 raid in Bouira. Bourihane, who is also known as Abu Hafs, served as a deputy to Abdelmalek Droukdel, AQIM's top leader.

A court sentenced to death Abdelmalek Droukdel, the leader of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and 15 other members of the terror group. Five other leaders were among those sentenced in absentia.

The US Department of Defense announced the transfer of Saiid Farhi to Algeria. Farhi was detained at the Guantanamo Bay detention faciliy after being detained in Pakistan in 2001 for associating with al Qaeda and the Taliban. A US court ordered Farhi's release in November 2009.

Algrian security forces launched a massive operation in the Kabylie region; more than 3,500 troops attacked an al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb camp between the cities of Boumerdes and Tizi Ouzou. Ten AQIM fighters were reported killed.

Suspected Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters killed two Algerian soldiers and wounded three others in an IED attack on a military convoy in eastern Boumerdes province. Algerian Prime Minister Ouyahia has pledged to "the complete disappearance of this plague [terrorism]" from Algeria.