So far this
year, about 440 have died because of Islamic terrorism. Most of the dead have
been Islamic terrorists. There were several successful bombing attacks, but
those responsible for most of those attacks have been killed or captured. While
there is still terrorist activity in Algeria, recent arrests of Algerian
terrorists in Europe, Israel and elsewhere indicates that many have fled their
homeland. Algeria has become a very hostile environment for Islamic terrorists,
and many of them respond by moving to another country.
November 11, 2007: Some 280
kilometers east of the capital, a police operation killed one Islamic terrorist
and captured four others.
November 10, 2007: A car bomb
went off near a police station in a village 50 kilometers east of the capital.
Three civilians were wounded. The car was intercepted by police before it could
reach the police station. In nearby Mali, Tuareg rebels attacked a convoy
guarded by soldiers. The army reported that four soldiers were missing and
three were wounded.
November 9, 2007: Islamic
terrorists in three jeeps drove up to an airport an airport in the south, and
fired rifles and RPG rockets at the aircraft. One airliner, two helicopters and
a military transport were damaged. There were no injuries. The Islamic
terrorists then drove off and crossed back into Niger, where they apparently
have a camp.
November 5, 2007: Tuareg
rebels in Mali have agreed to hold peace negotiations in Algeria. The Tuareg
tribes are related to the large ethnic Berber minority in Algeria, and have
been resisting government control for centuries.
November 4, 2007: An Al Qaeda
leader released a video in which he announced that a Libyan terrorist group,
the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, has joined al Qaeda. All Islamic radicals in
North Africa were urged to overthrow their governments and establish an Islamic
Republic. Islamic radicals in the region have been trying, without success, to
do this for nearly two decades. This latest ploy, joining forces with a greatly
weakened al Qaeda, is more a publicity ploy, than a practical measure.
The chief of propaganda for
North African al Qaeda, Abu Abderahmane, surrendered to police, saying he
regretted what he had been doing and renounced Islamic terrorism.