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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.




A bomb attack by suspected al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters has wounded three Algerian soldiers. The remotely detonated bomb struck the patrol in Ouattuba, north of Tizi Ouzou. AQIM has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a security barracks in a village near Tizi Ouzou on July 25, in which they claim 36 people were killed and wounded.




Algerian security forces have claimed that Sidi Mohand Ouramdane, a known al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb emir, was responsible for masterminding the suicide car bombing in Ait Aissi that injured eight soldiers and killed one municipal guard. Ouramdane, who is also known as El Khechkhache, has been sentenced in absentia for terrorist activities.




At least one person was killed and 8 soldiers injured after a suicide car bomber drove his vehicle into a building used by gendarmes in a village in the Kabylie region. The town watchman was killed in the village near the city of Tizi Ouzou in an operation likely executed by AQIM. Villagers say that explosion was caused by bombs planted by the building.




Islamist terrorists killed four civilians in an IED attack near the eastern towns of Kenchela and Tebessa. Two former leaders of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Othmane Touati and Samir Moussaab, have appealed to their former comrades to give up their arms and renounce terrorism.




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.