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Apr 28, 2013

Algerian president in France for medical tests after minor stroke

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been transferred to France for further medical tests after suffering a minor stroke on Saturday, Algeria’s official news agency said.

The APS agency said late on Saturday that Bouteflika, 76, was in Paris at the recommendation of his doctors.

Apr 27, 2013

Algerian President Bouteflika hospitalized -report

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was hospitalized after a minor stroke on Saturday, according to the state press agency report that quoted the prime minister as saying his condition was “not serious”.

The health of 75-year-old Bouteflika is a central factor in the stability of an oil-exporting country of 37 million people that is emerging from a long conflict against Islamist insurgents.

Apr 7, 2013

Algeria grain crop hit by poor rainfall, recovery seen possible

April 7 (Reuters) – Algeria did not have sufficient rainfall
during the sowing season, but its grain harvest in summer still
may be saved if it gets good precipitation in April, a senior
official said on Sunday.

Laid Benamor, chairman of the Algerian cereal committee, in
a rare interview said some regions in the east and the center
had also been affected by diseases.

Mar 24, 2013

New leader named for Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb – TV

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian Djamel Okacha has been named as a new commander in al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), replacing Abdelhamid Abou Zeid who was killed in fighting in northern Mali, Algerian Ennahar TV said on Sunday.

An Algerian security source said Okacha, 34, was very close to AQIM’s leader Abdelmalek Droukdel as both belonged to the Group of Algiers, made up of militants born in the region around the Algerian capital.

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.

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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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