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Mar 24, 2013

Algerian Okacha replaces Abou Zeid as Qaeda-linked group’s leader

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian Djamel Okacha has replaced Abdelhamid Abou Zeid as leader of al Qaeda-linked group AQIM in the Sahara region, Algerian Ennahar TV said on Sunday.

Abou Zeid was killed by Chadian soldiers in northern Mali a few weeks ago.

Okacha, also known as Yahia Abu El Hamam, joined AQIM northern Mali in 2004, a security source with knowledge of AQIM told Reuters.

Feb 28, 2013

Al Qaeda commander Abou Zeid killed in Mali – Algeria’s Ennahar TV

ALGIERS/DAKAR (Reuters) – French forces have killed Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, one of the most feared commanders of al Qaeda’s north Africa wing, during an operation against Islamist fighters in mountainous northern Mali, Algeria’s Ennahar television said on Thursday.

Abou Zeid was among 40 militants killed three days ago in the foothills of the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains near the Algerian border, said Ennahar, which is well connected with Algeria’s security services.

Feb 28, 2013

Al Qaeda commander Abou Zeid killed in Mali: Ennahar TV

ALGIERS/DAKAR (Reuters) – French forces have killed Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, one of the most feared commanders of al Qaeda’s north Africa wing (AQIM), during an operation against Islamist fighters in mountainous northern Mali, Algeria’s Ennahar television said on Thursday.

Abou Zeid was among 40 militants killed three days ago in the foothills of the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains near the Algerian border, said Ennahar, which is well connected with Algeria’s security services.

Jan 31, 2013

At desolate Algeria gas plant, hope for new start

TIGUENTOURINE, Algeria (Reuters) – Algerian engineers at the In Amenas natural gas plant are working to get at least some of the desert facility back to work in the coming days, two weeks after three dozen foreign workers were killed in an Islamist hostage siege.

Lying deep in the Sahara, the site was surrounded by troops with armored vehicles when Algerian officials gave journalists a first view of the area since gunmen attacked on January 15 and seized hundreds of hostages before the army stormed in four days later.

Jan 28, 2013

Militants attack oil pipeline in Algeria, two dead

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Suspected Islamist militants attacked an oil pipeline in northern Algeria on Monday, killing two guards and wounding seven other people, a security source told Reuters.

The Djebahia region, some 70 km (45 miles) east of the capital, is a stronghold of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) which earlier this month killed 37 foreigners at a gas plant in the south, and is where its leader Abdelmalek Droukdel is believed to be based, the source said.

Jan 21, 2013

Algeria vows to fight Qaeda after 38 workers killed

ALGIERS, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Algeria’s prime minister accused
a Canadian of coordinating last week’s raid on a desert gas
plant and, praising the storming of the complex where 38 mostly
foreign hostages were killed, he pledged to resist the rise of
Islamists in the Sahara.

Algeria will never succumb to terrorism or allow al Qaeda to
establish “Sahelistan”, an Afghan-style power base in arid
northwest Africa, Abdelmalek Sellal told a news conference in
Algiers where he also said at least 37 foreign hostages died.

Jan 21, 2013

Mystery Canadian coordinated Algeria gas field attack, premier says

ALGIERS, Jan 21 (Reuters) – The Islamist attack on the
sprawling desert gas complex in southern Algeria that triggered
one of the worst hostage crises in years was conceived in Mali
and coordinated by a mystery Canadian named only as Chedad, the
Algerian prime minister said.

Five days after about 40 jihadist fighters raided the
facility not far from the Libyan border and Algeria responded
with a full-on military operation to kill or capture them, a
picture of what happened is emerging.

Jan 21, 2013

Algeria says 37 foreigners die in siege led by Canadian

ALGIERS (Reuters) – A total of 37 foreign workers died at an Algerian desert gas plant and seven are still missing after a hostage crisis coordinated by a Canadian, Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said on Monday.

Sellal also said that 29 Islamists had been killed in the siege, which Algerian forces ended by storming the plant, and three had been captured alive.

Jan 21, 2013

Algeria gas plant gives up its grisly secrets

ALGIERS, Jan 21 (Reuters) – The gas plant at In Amenas is
giving up its secrets as Algerian special forces picking their
way through the vast complex find dozens of bodies, some charred
beyond recognition in the bloody end-game to one of the worst
hostage crises in years.

Five days after 40 jihadist fighters raided the desert
facility not far from the Libyan border and Algeria responded
with a full-on military operation to kill or capture them, a
picture of what happened is beginning to emerge.

Jan 21, 2013

Insight: Algeria gas plant gives up its grisly secrets

ALGIERS (Reuters) – The gas plant at In Amenas is giving up its secrets as Algerian special forces picking their way through the vast complex find dozens of bodies, some charred beyond recognition in the bloody end-game to one of the worst hostage crises in years.

Five days after 40 jihadist fighters raided the desert facility not far from the Libyan border and Algeria responded with a full-on military operation to kill or capture them, a picture of what happened is beginning to emerge.

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      "I am based in Algiers, North Africa. I report on a wide range of issues including agriculture, oil and gas, terrorism, and telecoms. Before joining Reuters in 2003, i worked in several algerian dailies."
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