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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.
A bomb attack by suspected Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters killed five people in the east. Three public officials and two business entrepreneurs inspecting new homes were killed in a remotely detonated bomb blast that was planted at the housing construction site in the town of Tlidjen, near the Tunisian border.
Suspected Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters killed five Algerian soldiers and wounded 10 others in Tizi Ouzou province. The soldiers' convoy was struck by multiple explosives before coming under fire by AQIM during an operation sweeping for Islamist fighters in the province. More than 7,500 Islamists have taken advantage of the amnesty offered by the Algerian government since 2005.
Two policemen were killed by suspected al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters in a bombing in the Boumerdes region. The remotely detonated bomb targeting a police patrol in the town of Bordj injured 10 civilians.
Two Algerian police were killed by a roadside bomb planted by suspected al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters in the town of Bordj Menaiel. Three civilians were also injured in the attack. A police officer was killed while trying to defuse a bomb planted by Islamists in Boumerdes.
An al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb member responsible for external relations, Samir Saiaud, was freed from prison by authorities on Eid after he accepted former AQIM leader Hasan Hattab's recent appeal to benefit from national reconciliation. An Algerian presidential advisor said Spain paid $8 million euros to AQIM for the release of two Spanish aid workers.
Three Tunisian nationals and four Algerians have been arrested by security forces for links to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. The suspected AQIM operatives were arrested in Bordj Bou-Arréridj for their involvement in an ambush that killed two dozen Algerian soldiers last June.
Three emirs of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb have surrendered to Algerian security forces. Oukad Atiya, alias Abu Djendel, was the emir who led the Katibat al-Farouk phalanx that operates from Medea to Bouira, Tizi Ouzou, and Boumerdes. The emirs are responsible for numerous assassinations, attacks, and kidnappings.
Three attacks by Islamists have left five security forces killed and over 20 injured. A suicide bomb truck attack on a military patrol left four soldiers dead and twenty others wounded in Zemmouri. Islamists attacked a police station in the provincial capital Tizi Ouzou. Islamists killed one police officer and wounded seven civilians in the city of Ain Defla. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility for the failed suicide bomb attack in Mauritania.
Algerian security forces arrested five men for forming a terror cell in Sidi Khaled in Biskra province. The men will be presented and charged for providing support for Islamist fighters in the region. A roadside bomb wounded an Algerian soldier near Bejaia.
Seven Libyans have been arrested by Algerian security forces for attempting to join al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. The seven suspects are being sent to Algiers for possible extradition to Libya. A Libyan security delegation is reported to be coming to Algiers to identify the suspects.
Algerian troops have killed 7-10 Islamists during clashes in the Berrekmouche valley, southeast of Tizi Ouzou in the Kayblie region; one soldier was killed. The Islamists were ambushed by security forces in extensive anti-terror operations which included helicopter strikes between Larbaa Nath Irathen and Ait Yanni. Armed civilians assisted the Algerian forces.
Three al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters were killed by Algerian security forces in the town of Tadmait in Tizi Ouzou province. Killed were Abdelmoumen Rachid, alias Abu Hodeifa Younis, the leader of AQIM's military operations; the former Emir of the phalanx (central region of Algeria), "Ali Bin Abi Taleb"; and their driver. The exchange of fire occurred at a military checkpoint hastily established after a tip-off from Algiers about their movements.
Suspected Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Islamists killed three Algerian soldiers and wounded five others after striking their convoy with roadside bombs in Baghlia, near Algiers. The government is attempting to pass a law that will criminalize online support and recruiting for terrorist groups.
One Algerian soldier was killed and four others were injured in an ambush by Islamists in Tizi Ouzou province. One Islamist attacker was also killed. Five soldiers were seriously wounded by a roadside bomb in Siar, which borders Tebessa province. A former commander of the Polisario Front has confessed that the Western Saharan separatist movement has been cooperating with Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb by providing weapons and equipment.
GSPC founder and former leader Hassan Hattab has been removed from the UN Security Council's blacklist. Hattab has denounced terror attacks in Algeria and called for members of the group to disarm since his surrender in 2007.
Suspected al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters have killed the mayor of the village of Baghlia in Boumerdes province as he was on his way to Friday prayers. Boumerdes is considered an AQIM stronghold. The US state department has praised Algeria's anti-terrorism efforts over the last two years.