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  • 1. Special Update Report Terrorism in North, West, & Central Africa: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring JANUARY 2012 Prof. Yonah Alexander Director, International Center for Terrorism Studies, and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
  • 2. The International Center for Terrorism Studies (ICTS) Established in 1998, the activities of ICTS are guided by an International Research Council that offers recommendations for study on different aspects of terrorism, both conventional and unconventional. ICTS also serves as a coordinating body for a consortium of universities and think tanks throughout the world, namely the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies (IUCTS). ICTS is also affiliated with the Inter-University Center for Legal Studies (Washington, DC). There exists the need to educate policy-makers, and the public in general, on the nature and intensity of the terrorism threat in the twenty-first century. As a member of the academic and research community, the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies has an intellectual obligation, as well as a moral and practical responsibility, to participate in the international effort to arrest the virus of terrorism. The purpose of the ICTS, therefore, is four-fold: First, to monitor current and future threats of terrorism; Second, to develop response strategies on governmental and non-governmental levels; Third, to effect continual communication with policy-makers, academic institutions, business, media, and civic organizations; and Fourth, to sponsor research programs on critical issues, particularly those relating enabling technologies with policy, and share the findings nationally and internationally. ICTS has sponsored, co-sponsored, and participated in more than 400 events in many countries, including the U.S., Albania, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, India, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Romania, Sri Lanka, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. ICTS has published more than 100 books and 30 reports and ICTS activities were covered extensively by television, radio, and press in more than 60 countries. POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES 901 North Stuart Street Suite 200 Arlington, VA 22203 Tel. 703-562-4513, 703-525-0770 ext. 237 Fax 703-562-1000 yalexander@potomacinstitute.org www.potomacinstitute.org
  • 3. Special Update Report Terrorism in North, West, & Central Africa: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring Prof. Yonah Alexander Director, International Center for Terrorism Studies, and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies January 2012 Copyright © 2011 by Yonah Alexander. Published by the International Center for Terrorism Studies, at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. All rights reserved. No part of this report may be reproduced, stored or distributed without the prior written consent of the copyright holder. Manufactured in the United States of America
  • 4. About the Author Professor Yonah Alexander Professor Yonah Alexander, PhD, serves as a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and Director of its International Center for Terrorism Studies. He is also a member of the Board of Regents. Concurrently, he is Director of the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Co-Director of the Inter-University Center for Legal Studies. Both are consortia of universities and think tanks throughout the world. In addition, Professor Alexander directed the Terrorism Studies program (George Washington University) and the Institute for Studies in International Terrorism (State University of New York), totaling 35 years of service. Educated at Columbia University (PhD), the University of Chicago (MA), and Roosevelt University of Chicago (BA), Professor Alexander taught at: The George Washington University, The American University, the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America, Tel Aviv University, The City University of New York, and The State University of New York. He also lectured at numerous institutions and universities including: Amman, Amsterdam, Ankara, Beijing, Berkeley, Berlin, Bonn, Brasilia, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Caracas, Colombo, Geneva, Harvard, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Johannesburg, Kiev, Lausanne, London, Los Alamos, Madrid, Mexico City, Moscow, New Delhi, Oxford, Paris, Prague, Princeton, Rabat, Rome, Santiago, Seoul, Singapore, Stanford, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Warsaw, and Yalta. His research experience includes such appointments as: Research Professor of International Affairs and Visiting Professor of Law, The George Washington University; Director, "Terrorism, Gray Area and Low Level Conflict," U.S. Global Strategy Council; Senior Fellow, The Institute for Advanced Studies in Justice, School of Law, The American University; Research Associate, School of Journalism, Columbia University; Senior Staff Member, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University; Director, Institute for Studies in International Terrorism, State University of New York; and Fellow, Institute of Social Behavior Pathology, The University of Chicago. He is a member, International Institute of Strategic Studies (London) and other professional bodies. Additionally, he has served as academic advisor to governments and international organizations (e.g. UN, NATO, OSCE). Dr. Alexander is founder and editor-in-chief of three academic international journals: Terrorism; Minorities and Group Rights; and Political Communication and Persuasion. Since 2010, he has served as editor-in-chief of Partnership for Peace Review, a new journal under the auspices of NATO. He also has published over 100 books including Al-Qa’ida : Ten Year After 9/11 and Beyond; Terrorists in Our Midst: Combating Foreign Affinity Terrorism in America; Evolution of U.S. Counterterrorism Policy (three volumes); Turkey: Terrorism, Civil Rights, and the European Union; The New Iranian Leadership: Terrorism, Nuclear Ambition, and the Middle East Conflict; and Counterterrorism Strategies: Success and Failures of Six Nations. His works were translated into more than two dozen languages. Professor Alexander’s personal papers and collection on terrorism are housed at the Hoover Institution Library and Archives at Stanford University. He received numerous academic and professional awards and grants from private and public foundations (the most recent is the 2010 John Lyman Prize for the book, Terror on the High Seas: From Piracy to Strategic Challenge). Professor Alexander has appeared on many television and radio programs in more than 40 countries. His numerous articles and interviews were published in both the United States and the international press. 1
  • 5. Special Update Report Terrorism in North, West, & Central Africa: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring Table of Contents MAP-GRAPHIC: NEW TERRORISM HOTSPOT ........................................................ 3 PREFACE: TERRORISM IN AFRICA, FROM 9/11 TO THE ARAB SPRING ............... 4 MAP-CHART: TERRORIST ATTACKS IN REGION SINCE 9/11 .................................. 4 SELECTED RECOMMENDATIONS ........................................................................... 6 THE ARAB SPRING .................................................................................................. 8 TUNISIA…. .................................................................................................... 8 EGYPT ............................................................................................................ 11 LIBYA ............................................................................................................. 13 ALGERIA ........................................................................................................ 15 MOROCCO ..................................................................................................... 17 MAURITANIA ................................................................................................ 19 MALI .............................................................................................................. 21 NIGER............................................................................................................. 23 CHAD.............................................................................................................. 25 CHRONOLOGY: TERRORISM IN NORTH & WEST/CENTRAL AFRICA .................... 27 SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY ...................................................................................... 37 2
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  • 7. Special Update Report - Terrorism in North, West, & Central Africa: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring PREFACE Terrorism in North, West, & Central Africa: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring By Yonah Alexander We learn from history that nothing is permanent in world affairs. Empires, nations, and people rise and decline and others take their place. The only certainty is uncertainty and consequently a realistic analysis of factors that contribute to stability or instability of national, regional, and global security frameworks is critical. Tragically, the Maghreb — Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia — as well as adjacent parts of the Sahel — Chad, Mali, and Niger — have emerged as one of the most worrying strategic challenges to the international community, and yet for decades these regions have mostly been overlooked by policy-makers in the West. Consider, for example, the empirical data generated since September 11, 2001. More specifically, for the past ten years terrorist attacks by al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and other militant extremists in the Maghreb and Sahel have increased more than 500 percent from their low point in the period to hit a high of 204 attacks in 2009. In 2011, the number of terrorist attacks remains dangerously high, increasing from 2010’s total to reach 185 attacks for the year. Terrorist Attacks in the Maghreb & Sahel Since 9/11 200 204 175 Maghreb 150 Morocco (9 attacks) 153 125 152 Algeria (1,102 attacks) 178 185 Libya (1 attack) Sahel 100 Mauritania 104 50 Mali Niger Chad (49 attacks) (27 attacks) 75 (38 attacks) (58 attacks) 55 44 25 0 161 Tunisia (4 attacks) 21 31 Annual Terrorist Attacks in Region Since 9/11 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 4
  • 8. Special Update Report - Terrorism in North, West, & Central Africa: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring Over the past decade, 1,288 terrorist bombings, murders, kidnappings, and ambushes- against international and domestic targets- claimed more than 2,000 lives and 6,000 victims in Algeria, Chad, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, and Tunisia. Last year, intelligence reports and arrests confirmed AQIM has opened links with Latin cartels for ‘drugs-for-arms’ smuggling into Europe through terrorist-trafficking networks in the Sahel that include members of the Polisario Front. Recently, intelligence reports from officials in the region confirm that a variety of arms from the Libya conflict, including surface-to-air missiles, may have fallen into AQIM hands in the Sahel. What is particularly of grave concern is that AQIM, jointly with other al-Qa’ida affiliates and militant groups (e.g. al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula, AQAP, operating in Yemen, as well as al-Shabaab members in Somalia, Boko Haram militants based in Nigeria, and Polisario militants from Algeria) currently and for the foreseeable future, represent a most dangerous threat both regionally and inter-regionally. Clearly in the failed and fragile states bordering the Sahara, al-Qa’ida has established a safe haven and breeding ground for its activities. Two major concerns feed into this arc of instability that stretches from the Red Sea and is poised to reach to the Atlantic. First, is the lingering 35-year old Western Sahara conflict, which is creating an opening for AQIM’s expansion and also recruitment of hard-core Polisario members among the Sahrawi refugee camps in Algeria, further complicating the viability of a diplomatic resolution for the Western Sahara issue. And second, the dramatic and unprecedented “Arab Spring” revolutionary process that began in Tunisia, continued in Egypt, and exploded into a civil war in Libya. Apparently, al-Qa’ida and other terrorist groups in North, West, and Central Africa are already attempting to take advantage of the unstable events in the countries involved in their efforts to destabilize the region even further. The purpose of this updated report is to supplement three earlier special studies published in 2009, 2010, and 2011. The publication titled “Why the Maghreb Matters: Threats, Opportunities, and Options for Effective Engagement in North Africa” (March 2009) was co-sponsored by the Conflict Management Program of the John Hopkins University with the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. This report was supported by a bipartisan panel of foreign policy experts, including General (ret.) Wesley Clark, Amb (ret.) Stuart Eizenstat, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Professor William Zartman, and other distinguished academics and former diplomats. The panel’s special report recommended that the new US administration “look around the corner,” as President Barack Obama had advocated, and engage the region more effectively to prevent the brewing crisis in security before it erupts. More specifically, the report outlined threats, opportunities, and options for the United States to promote peace and prosperity, and prevent a growing peril in North Africa. The nations of the Maghreb have long been at the crossroads of history and currently hold great potential as a bridge between the Islamic world and the West. The region could benefit greatly from increased regional economic integration that would make it an appealing market for Europe and the United States. But it also faces serious challenges: a firm toehold by al-Qa’ida in the Sahara, inconsistent economic 5
  • 9. Special Update Report - Terrorism in North, West, & Central Africa: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring growth, a growing restive young population, and regional disputes that impede economic and security cooperation, in particular the long-running dispute over Western Sahara. The other two special reports, namely, “Maghreb and Sahel Terrorism: Addressing the Rising Threats from al-Qa’ida and other Terrorists in North and West and Central Africa” (January 2010), and “The Consequences of Terrorism: al-Qa’ida and other Terrorist Threats in the Sahel and Maghreb” (January 2011), presented overviews of terrorism and dealt in some detail with the security challenges in the region and their implications. The current publication is updating the annual statistical data since 9/11 and focusing on chronological terrorist events in 2011. Moreover, a special analysis is presented on the Arab Spring’s developments, covering specifically: Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, and Chad. A team of analysts based at the ICTS conducted research with an effort to understand the security impact in the region and beyond. The team included Patrick Cheetham (UCLA), Evan Lundh (UCLA), Amy Glazier (Tufts University), Jesse Sedler (Emory University), and Daniel Idziak (College of William and Mary). Finally, on the basis of the material presented in this updated report some recommendations are offered to be considered with the hope of stimulating further research in this area. SELECTED RECOMMENDATIONS: The key insights and recommendations underlined in the earlier studies appear event more relevant, and urgent, in light of the “Arab Spring” developments. They include the following steps that should be given close consideration by US policymakers and the international community in general: 1. Develop a comprehensive program in the affected countries to increase public awareness concerning the nature of jihadist terrorism as a form of low-intensity warfare being waged against the Maghreb and Sahel; how it affects the local populations; how it diverts resources away from economic development; and how it constrains political open space. 2. Strengthen the US intelligence mechanism in order to provide more effective collection and analysis of data related to al-Qa’ida’s terrorism in general in the region and beyond. And ensure that the information is used effectively by cooperating bodies in the region through providing equipment, training, and monitoring assistance. 3. Deny supporters of Islamic extremism in the Maghreb, Sahel, and elsewhere the capacity and freedom to engage in propaganda through effective information countermeasures, grassroots development investments, and open channels of communication with local leaders. 4. Expand US counterterrorism technical assistance to the area, particularly training for internal security bodies, police agencies, and the military, particularly under the umbrella of multilateral working groups to provide for adequate monitoring and transparency. 6
  • 10. Special Update Report - Terrorism in North, West, & Central Africa: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring 5. Improve the level of security coordination between the countries in the region so they can more effectively share intelligence and interdict terrorist networks and supply lines on the ground. 6. Encourage the governments in the region to accelerate regional economic and social reforms with a “carrot-and-stick” approach to increase broadly the levels of economic cooperation between the nations and spur increased trade and commerce that contributes to economic growth and reduces poverty as an underlying factor in fueling social unrest and extremism. 7. Resolve the Western Sahara crisis, which is inhibiting both security and economic cooperation in the Maghreb and Sahel, and is driving a wedge between two of the region’s most influential nations—Morocco and Algeria. 8. Shut down the refugee camps run by the Polisario near Tindouf, Algeria because they are a recruiting ground for terrorists, traffickers, and other criminal enterprises. The US and international community should prioritize permanent refugee resettlement in line with existing international protocols and agreements. 9. Face the intellectual challenge of radical Islam directly with “home-grown” religious and intellectual leaders who are able to challenge the misuse of Islam and channel religious tendencies into more productive social development opportunities. 10. Raise the diplomatic, economic, political, and military costs to Iran high enough to outweigh the benefits of supporting terrorism and exporting jihadist terrorism elsewhere. In sum, a coherent and firm US policy vis-à-vis the threats of terrorism in Maghreb and Sahel would increase domestic public understanding and support in the US for sustained engagement with the nations of North and West/Central Africa. The updated documents incorporated in this report, particularly the statistical tables and terrorism chronology covering the period September 11, 2001 – December 31, 2011, make it clear that constructive and sustained engagement is vital, employing both “hard” (security, military, intelligence cooperation) and “soft” elements (economic and social development creating employment opportunities, education that equips students/trainees for jobs, and reduction of religious radicalism). Otherwise, the US, the EU, and our friends in the region will remain hostages to, and targets of the ideological, theological, and political terrorists for the remainder of the 21st century. 7
  • 11. Special Update Report - Terrorism in North, West, & Central Africa: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring The Arab Spring Tunisia Overview: Inspired by the self-immolation of a frustrated, impoverished fruit vendor whose merchandise was confiscated by authorities, Tunisians took to the streets in December 2010 to protest the autocracy, corruption, and inequality of the Ben Ali regime. Thus began a movement dubbed the Jasmine Revolution, which inspired people in other Arab countries to rise up against their autocratic rulers in what became known as the Arab Spring. By January 14, 2011, 78 protesters were dead, 94 injured, and President Ben Ali’s 23-year rule ended as he left for Saudi Arabia. In the days that followed, a transitional government began the process of creating the functions of a democratic state. With moderate Islamists of the Ennahda Party (banned under Ben Ali) becoming a dominant political force, the emerging government is challenged with balancing liberal reforms and religion. Tunisia’s long border with Libya (which experienced extensive conflict in during the Libyan uprising) could serve as a point of transfer for weapons and militants into Tunisia. Tunisia’s tourism industry, which plays a vital role in the economy, must be revived and commercial connections expanded to produce employment for Tunisia’s unemployed. Outlook: One year later, Tunisia remains in an official state of emergency. There is a “general threat” of terrorism, and travelers to Tunisia have been warned that demonstrations with the potential for violence and injury are possible.1 Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution initiated the Arab Spring, but has been marked by the absence of the large-scale violence seen by other countries such as Libya, Yemen, and Syria. The underlying problems which led to the Jasmine Revolution such as unemployment, particularly among youth, and corruption, must be addressed for Tunisia to prosper. Tunisia’s proximity to Europe and its position within Africa and the Arab world place it at a fertile commercial and cultural nexus. Tunisia has the opportunity to play an enhanced role in regional affairs as a connection point between Europe, Africa, and the Arab World. If governmental reforms are successful in bringing true democracy to Tunisia, rooting out corruption, and increasing employment, Tunisia may experience significantly enhanced growth as more of the labor force participates in economic activity and commercial ties with other countries expand. Tunisia’s connectivity to the world via broad access to the Internet and international travel routes is well established. For tourism levels to return to pre-uprising levels, Tunisia must remain free from civil unrest. The ouster of former president Ben Ali, who maintained an iron grip on power and kept fundamentalists out of a leading role in society, has re-injected political Islam to Tunisia’s political space. The Ennahda Movement has emerged as a powerful force, taking 90 out of 217 seats in the constituent assembly elected to draft a new constitution for Tunisia. 1 "Tunisia." Foreign and Commonwealth Office, January 3, 2012, <http://www.fco.gov.uk/content/en/travel-advice/middle-east-north-africa/tunisia/fco_trv_ca_tunisia>. 8
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  • 13. Special Update Report - Terrorism in North, West, & Central Africa: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring In a situation similar to that in Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood is emerging as a potent political force in the wake of former president Hosni Mubarak’s departure from power, Tunisia must learn to manage the interplay between religion and government, which were separated since Tunisia’s independence in 1956. Tunisia has experienced terrorist attacks including a 2007 plot on the British and American embassies in Tunis. The alleged attackers were linked to the Algerian terrorists of the Group for Preaching and Combat which has evolved into AQIM. Tunisia shares an extensive border with Libya, which may lead to heightened threats due to the proliferation of small arms from the Libyan conflict. While Tunisia’s revolution was not the al-Qa’ida inspired uprising that Usama bin Laden had long advocated, both he and Anwar al-Awlaki praised the outcome. In a posthumous message, bin Laden said, “The sun of the revolution has risen from the Maghreb,” and “The light of the revolution came from Tunisia. It has given the nation tranquility and made the faces of the people happy.”2 In al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula’s magazine, Inspire, Awlaki sent a message of Muslim unity in the Arab Spring: “Our mujahedeen brothers in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and the rest of the Muslim world will get a chance to breathe again after three decades of suffocation.”3 In its current situation, Tunisia sees Turkey as an example of how to blend secular institutions and Islam. Turkey, similar in its proximity to Europe and Muslim identity, may be an example for Tunisia to follow in its evolution into a democratic state. Turkey is managing secularism and democracy in its government and society, something that other states have not been able to balance. In conclusion, Tunisia must find a way to balance the role of Islam with secular social institutions and the rights of women in the emerging democratic order. Tunisia must also work to ensure that terrorism does not spread from other countries and take root in Tunisia, further damaging the tourism industry. The benefits gained from tourism are a powerful incentive for Tunisia to maintain close ties with Europe and to serve as a responsible member of the Mediterranean community. The problems of unemployment and corruption must be rooted out under the emerging democratic government in order for Tunisians to be satisfied with the outcome of their Jasmine Revolution. 2 Crilly, Rob. “Osama bin Laden Tape Praises Arab Spring Uprisings.” The Telegraph, May 19, 2011, < http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/al-qaeda/8522799/Osama-bin-Laden-tape-praises-ArabSpring-uprisings.html>. 3 Burke, Jason. “Al-Qaida Leaders Welcome Arab Uprisings, Says Cleric.” The Guardian, March 31, 2011, <http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/31/alqaida-leaders-welcome-arab-uprisings>. 10
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  • 15. Special Update Report - Terrorism in North, West, & Central Africa: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring Egypt Overview: Egyptians, who had long tolerated their authoritarian ruler Hosni Mubarak, were inspired by the success of the Tunisian demonstrators and took to the streets to demand basic freedoms, a reliable democratic process, economic improvement, and an end to corruption. In 18 days, Egyptians ended President Mubarak’s 30-year rule and have since faced the looming question of “what’s next?” The revolution, and the American response that was swift in embracing the protestors and abandoning their long-standing ally, Mubarak, has caused authoritarian leaders elsewhere to question American steadfastness. On the other hand, protestors monitoring America’s response to movements in other countries question America’s commitment to democracy. Egypt’s military is struggling to keep up with the speed at which newly empowered citizens want to see change. In the recent elections, the Muslim Brotherhood, the only well-organized national movement, and Salafist candidates representing the conservative core of Egyptian society, are the key players. In addition to questions about minority rights, an Islamist Egypt may change its relationships with other countries in the region, particularly Israel, with which relations have deteriorated over security in the Sinai. Outlook: Egypt faces demographics similar to other countries embroiled in the Arab Spring. With a median age of 24.3 a population growing at 1.96%, and youth unemployment at 24.8%, the country is filled with young, unemployed, and frustrated people. For any new government— secular, religious, or military—to be successful, it must address these issues in a substantial way. The downfall of America’s longtime ally Hosni Mubarak poses a series of challenges to America’s foreign policy makers. While the military was instrumental in the ouster of Mubarak, it is still unclear how it will respond to aspirations for Egypt’s future that will be shaped by a democratic process led by Islamic parties. If the military allows for a smooth transition of power to democratically elected leaders, the US will hopefully have an Egyptian partner whose interests reflect those of the people. The international community is uncertain of Egypt’s leadership due to the continuing sectarian violence, lawlessness in the Sinai, and tension between the new government and Israel. While US support for the protest movement demonstrated America’s preference for democracy, it gives other pro-Western autocrats cause for concern regarding the continuing loyalty of the US to their regimes. Within Egypt, questions remain over human rights, religion, and the status of women, many of whom were instrumental in the protest movement. In one case, Egyptian courts found that the military’s subjection of women to ‘virginity tests’ violated their rights. This incident, and other concerns including torture, magnify the issue of the military rulers’ respect for human rights. It is not yet certain that the military will abide by the transfer of power that will likely emerge from the new constitution being drafted by the new parliament, where Salafists and the Muslim Brotherhood hold the majority of seats. The new government may make significant changes in the country’s foreign policy. It is more sympathetic to Hamas, a USdesignated terrorist organization. Egypt has permanently reopened its border with Gaza and served as a third party in prisoner swap negotiations between Hamas and Israel. Gaza’s Prime Minister, Ismail Haniya, who represents Hamas, stopped in Egypt during his first trip abroad since taking power, an indication of his close relationship with the new government. Many challenges lie ahead for Egypt and its new leaders. 12
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  • 17. Special Update Report - Terrorism in North, West, & Central Africa: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring Libya Overview: The Libyan revolution against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi quickly followed the Jasmine Revolution. Gaddafi condemned the uprising in January of 2011, amidst reports of widespread unrest and demonstrations occurring in several Libyan cities, which transformed into open rebellion following severe government crackdowns. The Libyan Revolutionary Council (LRC) was created in late February to integrate the leadership and political outreach of the regime’s opponents. The rebels and regime forces engaged in a series of military engagements, but the rebels faltered when Gaddafi’s forces began to utilize air power against their forces. The United Nation (UN) and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) debated a no-fly zone in Libya on humanitarian grounds. On March 17, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1973 approving the no-fly zone. European and American forces began a massive air campaign on March 18 against Gaddafi’s forces. By March 22, NATO took command of the operation and continued to strike against Gaddafi’s army and military institutions, including strikes on Tripoli. Ultimately, efforts to mediate a peace agreement proved futile as the LRC would not accept any resolution that allowed Gaddafi to remain in power. Continued NATO military pressure enabled rebel forces to press the ground attack while gaining diplomatic recognition and international support. Rebel forces captured Tripoli on August 21. By October 20, Sirte, the last Gaddafi stronghold, was captured and rebel forces apprehended and killed Muammar Gaddafi. The new Libyan government began to consolidate power and proposed democratic reforms to the constitution. The transition has not been as smooth as hoped as several powerful militias that opposed Gaddafi are contesting with the interim government for influence in the new Libya. The conflict between the new government’s military and militia forces continues as does the circulation of arms from weapons depots emptied during the conflict. Outlook: The frequency of conflicts between the NTC and local militias as well as inter-militia conflict has been increasing. These skirmishes and vigilante and revenge killings, threaten to destabilize the country and potentially lead to a renewed civil war. The NTC must also remove the vestiges of Gaddafi’s regime while maintaining government services. This predicament threatens the balance between legitimacy and functionality. There is also the daunting dilemma of retrieving advanced weapons, such as portable ground-to-air antiaircraft missiles looted from Gaddafi armories during the rebellion which pose a potential threat to the Sahel. Terrorists could use them to destabilize the region’s transportation. The United States is initiating a buyback program to thwart such a scenario. Yet there is a great degree of hope for Libyan democracy. The NTC has pledged to write a new constitution following the election of a National Assembly. The constitution allocates 20 of the 200 seats to women and the National Assembly is expected to convene in June 2012. Libya continues to experience economic difficulties even though several international bodies have unfrozen Libya’s assets. This development has yet to improve the cash crisis on the grassroots level. Meanwhile, Libya’s oil infrastructure is steadily improving to help the regime recover much-needed income. 14
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  • 19. Special Update Report - Terrorism in North, West, & Central Africa: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring Algeria Overview: Algeria has many of the same issues as its neighbors: a young unemployed population, stifling and opaque bureaucracy, a rigid economic system, and a ruling elite who have remained in power since independence. Despite these similarities to neighbors Tunisia and Libya, only minimal protests have occurred, which resulted in the repeal of a 19-year state of emergency, proposed constitutional reforms to strengthen democracy, and information laws broadening freedom of speech. The Algerian civil war, which took place from the early 1990s to the early 2000s, has dulled the country’s enthusiasm for revolution. Conflicts between Islamist groups and government security forces have resulted in the deaths of more than 100,000 people. A further obstacle to protests is the strong Algerian security apparatus which is able to quell the protestors and rival ideological groups whose disagreements further splintered the Algerian population, thus preventing a unified movement. These factors seem to discourage widespread public resistance to the regime. The government’s concessions towards a fuller and freer democracy can be seen as a victory for reformers, but only if they are actually implemented. Elections are scheduled for May 2012. Outlook: Algeria has stood on the sidelines watching its neighbors’ transition from dictatorship to democratic reforms. Its recent history suggests that Algerian protests may never come, as the traumatic civil war has left its scars on the people. The wounds of that conflict, coupled with a strong Algerian security apparatus and a split opposition, underline the challenges that Algerian reformers must overcome. While the prospect of Arab Springstyle movement seems minimal, there is always the chance that some event will spark the population into action. The failure to enact promised reforms, widespread security actions against civilian groups such as the labor unions or moderate Muslim political parties, or manipulations of the coming election could throw the nation into turmoil and potentially damage the ruling regime. If economic conditions, unemployment, and low wages remain static, then the youth may see rebellion as the only means of change, potentially dragging Algeria down the same path as its neighbors. 16
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  • 21. Special Update Report - Terrorism in North, West, & Central Africa: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring Morocco Overview: The protests which became known as the February 20th Movement in Morocco have resulted in less violence and more reforms than in other Arab Spring countries. In response to popular protests calling for a parliamentary monarchy, a crackdown on corruption, and greater employment opportunities, Morocco's King Mohammad VI agreed to a number of demands, accelerating his reform agenda. Among key elements were a new constitution stipulating increased powers for parliament and the prime minister, judicial reforms, equality for women and minorities enshrined in law, new parliamentary elections (which were held in November 2011, resulting in a moderate Islamist party winning the greatest number of seats), and civil and social equality for women. Outlook: Morocco's economy is dominated by phosphate mining, agriculture, tourism, and lowvalue added consumer goods production, and is heavily dependent upon trade with Europe. An economic slowdown in Europe could mean increased domestic pressures in Morocco as fewer job opportunities become available to unemployed Moroccans. King Mohammad VI of Morocco is a hereditary monarch who enjoys a great deal of legitimacy among Morocco's people and his family has ruled since the 17th century. The king is the head of state and “leader of the faithful,” acting as both the religious leader and arbiter of the political process. The protests were not aimed at toppling the monarchy but pushing for government reform. The elections in November 2011 brought to power a coalition government led by the moderate Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD). Morocco has a difficult relationship with Algeria, which supports the Polisario Front in its conflict with Morocco over the Western Sahara. The Morocco-Algeria border is closed and there is increasing concern that militants and smugglers are increasing their activities in the region. The shared threat of terrorism has led the intelligence services of the two countries to hold regular joint meetings on counterterrorism and engage their counterparts in the US, Europe, and the region. Members of the Polisario Front have been accused of coordinating criminal activities in the ungoverned areas along the borders of the Sahel and Maghreb countries, raising concerns that these areas may become terrorist breeding grounds as AQIM has increased its activities in the region. In conclusion, the Arab Spring has brought less upheaval to Morocco than it has brought to other countries because the government has agreed to some of the protesters’ demands and the monarchy enjoys the respect of the people. Morocco remains at risk from hard-line Islamists who seek to undermine the King’s role and from terrorists and criminal elements affiliated with AQIM. Continued high unemployment remains a pressing concern. 18
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  • 23. Special Update Report - Terrorism in North, West, & Central Africa: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring Mauritania Overview: Mauritania is a country of more than three million people. Its economy is heavily dependent upon agriculture, fishing, and iron-ore mining. The current leader of the country, President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, came to power in a military coup in 2008 and was elected President the following year. Mauritania faces many of the same challenges which confront neighboring countries in the Arab World such as high unemployment and corruption. These issues are compounded by tensions between Mauritania's black and Arab populations. Slavery and human-trafficking remain persistent problems. Mauritania faces a growing threat from AQIM and Boko Haram. Also, the separatist group, the Polisario Front, which is in conflict with Morocco over the Western Sahara, as well as former fighters from the Libyan civil war, pose border security threats. There have been some protests for change in Mauritania but have thus far resulted in little tangible impact on the government and people of Mauritania. Youth using social media to organize rallies echo concerns similar to those of others across the Arab World: greater employment opportunities, political reform, and ending corruption. Outlook: The Arab Spring in Mauritania has thus far seen relatively low-level protests directed at reforming the government and enhancing economic opportunities. The first truly democratic elections in Mauritania took place in 2007, but the results of this election were nullified by a military coup in 2008. Mauritania has a long history of authoritarian rule and has complicated relationships with its neighbors. It is one of only three Arab countries to have recognized Israel, although relations have been suspended since 2009. The government of Mauritania has bounced between being criticized and supported by Western countries. It is one of the poorest countries in Africa with an extremely high youth-unemployment rate and has qualified for debt relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries initiative, which eliminated Mauritania's foreign debt. Mauritania's relations with Senegal are in conflict over use of water from the Senegal River that serves as the border between the countries. Mauritanian blacks face widespread discrimination in educational and employment opportunities, and many have expressed their opposition to government efforts to implement a census which blacks claim places unfair requirements on proving citizenship. The threat posed by AQIM’s kidnapping activities in Mauritania, broad-based criminal trafficking, and incursions by militants from the Polisario Front have prompted the government to participate in US-supported joint anti-terror activities with Mali and others in the region. Mauritania faces the daunting challenges of developing its natural resources, creating jobs, and easing tensions between Mauritania's black and Arab populations while modernizing its society, infrastructure, and economy. 20
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  • 25. Special Update Report - Terrorism in North, West, & Central Africa: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring Mali Overview: Unlike most other participants in the Arab Spring, Mali has a relatively strong democracy. While there was a sizeable protest in the capital, Bamako, in March 2011, it was directed towards US and Western embassies rather than the central government. However, separatist movements in the northern reaches of the country were reignited in late 2011 as Tuareg rebels, who fought alongside Gaddafi in the Libyan Civil War, returned to Mali armed and prepared to make another effort at national determination. The Tuaregs, a nomadic group of about 1.5 million people spread throughout the Sahel region of Mali, Niger, Algeria, and Libya, have long-standing tensions with the government based in southern Mali. They complain of being treated like second-class citizens and receiving an inequitable share of wealth from the uranium-rich mines located in the north. Mali’s history is laced with rebellions by the Tuaregs, who have sparked uprisings as recently as 2007 to establish an independent state in the Azawad region of northern Mali. On October 16, as hundreds of Tuaregs returned to Mali with arms from the conflict in Libya, the Northern Mali Tuareg Movement joined forces with the National Azawan Movement, creating the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA). It soon became clear that this merger was the beginning of another armed conflict between the Tuaregs and the Malian government. In mid-January 2012, as the government’s military forces entered the north to begin negotiations for the release of al-Qa’ida hostages, MNLA launched an offensive in the town of Menaka. Although military officials claimed that they have successfully repelled the attack, this offensive may be an indication of a larger, longer term conflict between Tuareg nationalists and the Malian government. Outlook: Given the repeated occurrences of Tuareg rebellions in recent history, the Malian government may attempt to broker a lasting solution to this internal conflict. An inadequate state presence and porous borders in the Sahel pose problems for Mali’s security forces. AQIM has an established presence in the largely ungoverned north where there are also bases set up by international smuggling networks, some of which are tied to elements of the Polisario Front. While the threat of a countrywide uprising demanding the ouster of the current regime is largely nonexistent, the emergence of a sustained rebellion by the Tuareg will only compound the security issues that the government of Mali is currently facing. 22
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  • 27. Special Update Report - Terrorism in North, West, & Central Africa: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring Niger Overview: Niger experienced several events in 2011 which threatened its national stability. There is an active AQIM franchise based within its borders that has successfully attacked foreign visitors. Due to this threat, international development organizations, such as the Peace Corps, have withdrawn from Niger. There also remains an element of Tuareg (a nomadic ethnic minority) insurgency in northern Niger that is suspected of having ties to AQIM. In January 2011, Niger held its first national election since the coup which ousted former President Mamadou Tandja. Newly elected President Mahamadou Issoufou won after a runoff election in March 2011 in what was considered a genuinely free and fair election. Despite the election, Niger’s democracy is still on shaky ground as indicated by an attempted coup in early August. Niger’s international relations have suffered over the course of the Arab Spring. Niger did not take an official stance during the rebellion in neighboring Libya, although the government did issue statements declaring that Western military intervention and rebellion related violence has undermined security and economic conditions in the Sahel region. It has been estimated that 150,000 displaced persons fled Libya to Niger including many Tuareg militants who fought for Colonel Gaddafi’s forces. Bilateral relations between Libya and Niger have suffered in the wake of the Libyan rebellion since Niger granted asylum to Saadi Gaddafi—one of Muammar Gaddafi’s sons. Lastly, there is a bourgeoning humanitarian crisis in Niger and the larger Sahel as drought and poor harvest conditions threaten to plunge the region into famine. Outlook: It is difficult to assess the future of Niger as regional developments can significantly influence events within Niger itself. Niger is still confronting the aftermath of the Tuareg rebellion which ended in 2009 and is currently attempting to eliminate elements of AQIM within its borders. Both AQIM and Tuareg separatists have support in neighboring countries which could potentially exacerbate conditions in Niger, especially in the north. Politically, Niger has had a tumultuous past regarding government corruption. While the 2011 election was a promising development, there are no guarantees that President Issoufou will be able to stabilize the national political system. Niger’s economic outlook is promising as new oil discoveries could provide another avenue for trade growth (along with uranium). However, political and security instability in the region could have a harmful impact in developing the oil sector of Niger’s economy. China is currently expanding its ties to Niger in an effort to develop its oil infrastructure. 24
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  • 29. Special Update Report - Terrorism in North, West, & Central Africa: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring Chad Overview: From its 1,000-kilometer border with Libya, Chad was a frontline witness to the Arab Spring protests. Chad was ripe for political unrest as it held parliamentary elections for the first time in nine years and underwent a controversial presidential election. However, no unrest developed as incumbent President Deby Itno’s Patriotic Salvation Movement won 113 of 155 seats in the February 2011 elections and nearly 84% of the popular vote. The opposition boycotted the elections and vowed to unite against him, but there is no sign yet of protests similar to those in other African nations such as Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Uganda. The revolution in Libya spilled over the border as Libya’s NTC accused Chad of supplying Muammar Gaddafi with fighters and weapons, a claim the Chadian government rejected. Outlook: Chad’s future holds a number of potential positives and negatives. In terms of politics, Chad held its first ever municipal elections in January 2012, demonstrating a shift towards greater democracy. Despite low voter turnout, this election can be a confidence booster if there is an increase in political participation in Chad leading to some degree of reform. Chad’s security situation is more complicated as a result of Muammar Gaddafi’s death. Prior to the Arab Spring, Libya and Chad had cordial relations, with Chad receiving both economic and military aid. There were reports during the rebellion in Libya that Chadian troops were fighting and moving weapons across the border into Libya. As a result, Chad and the Libya’s NTC have experienced more tension in their relationship. Chad must now deal with a lack of financial investment from Libya and confront the movement of weapons from Libya across the border into Chad. Many Chadians trapped in Libya are at risk of being persecuted as pro-Gaddafi fighters. 26
  • 30. Special Update Report - Terrorism in North, West, & Central Africa: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring CHRONOLOGY: Incidents of Terrorism in the Maghreb & Sahel Sept. 11, 2001 – Dec. 31, 2011 Algeria, Chad, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, and Tunisia 200 204 175 185 178 150 161 153 152 125 100 104 75 50 55 44 25 31 ANNUAL TERRORIST ATTACKS IN MAGHREB & SAHEL REGION (Algeria, Chad, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, & Tunisia) 21 0 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Data Table: Terrorism Incidents in Maghreb & Sahel since Sept. 11, 2001 TIMELINE YEAR Totals: AFRICA NATIONS 1,288 attacks NORTH & WEST/CENTRAL ALGERIA CHAD 1,102 attacks LIBYA 4 attacks 104 153 161 152 204 178 185 attacks attacks attacks attacks attacks attacks attacks 20 54 28 39 93 120 110 121 185 168 164 3 6 28 14 6 10 11 9 4 8 4 4 6 2 7 38 attacks TUNISIA 44 attacks 9 attacks NIGER 31 attacks 27 attacks MOROCCO 55 attacks 49 attacks MAURITANIA 21 attacks 1 attack MALI 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 58 attacks 1 1 1 1 2 1 3 3 2 5 1 1 1 18 2 9 1 27 4 3 3 1
  • 31. Special Update Report - Terrorism in North, West, & Central Africa: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring INCI DENTS OF TERROR IS M I N MAG HREB & SAH EL: Chronology from Sept. 11, 2001 to Dec. 31, 2011 — (Updated with 2011 incidents below) For full listing from 9/11/01 to 12/31/09, go to: http://www.potomacinstitute.org/attachments/524_Maghreb%20Terrorism%20report.pdf and from 1/1/10 to 12/31/10, go to: http://www.potomacinstitute.org/attachments/863_2011%20REPORT%20UPDATE%20Maghreb%20%20Sahel%20Terrorism.pdf Algeria 2011 December 25, 2011 A woman was seriously injured when a roadside bomb exploded in Imkriyen, Boumerdès. The 53-year-old victim reportedly walked over the homemade device, planted near an olive grove. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/12/26/newsbrief-02 | | | | | November 10, 2011 Terrorist group attacks a gas station in Ath Lakseur, Bouira. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/boui ra-une-station-service-cambriolee-pardes-terroristes-a-ath-lakseur-10-112011-146777_109.php November 29, 2011 EMT was killed by a terrorist group in Oued Zegguer, Aïn Kechra, Skikda. The ambulance was targeted by a roadside bomb, and following the explosion, the driver was shot and killed. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/skik da-un-ambulancier-assassine-par-desterroristes-a-ain-kechra-30-11-2011149200_109.php TIMELINE: Terrorist attacks in the Maghreb and Sahel – 2011 | November 15, 2011 Terrorists wearing security uniforms kidnap doctor in Aït Aissi, Tizi Ouzou. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/11/16/newsbrief-03 December 5, 2011 2 soldiers were wounded in a bomb explosion in Seyar, Khenchela. http://www.libertealgerie.com/actualite/attentatsterroristes-a-bouira-et-a-khenchela-ilsont-fait-1-mort-et-3-blesses-dont-2militaires-167570 December 22, 2011 Security forces diffused a bomb between Issers and Bordj Menaiel, Boumerdès. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/unebombe-desamorcee-aux-issers-et-unrepenti-tue-a-dellys-22-12-2011152069_109.php | November 19, 2011 2 policemen and civilian wounded in a bomb explosion in Thénia, Boumerdès. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/11/20/newsbrief-06 December 6, 2011 A pipeline security guard was killed and 2 others were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in Aomar, Bouira. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/12/07/newsbrief-02 December 22, 2011 A repentant terrorist was assassinated by armed men in Takdempt, Dellys. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/unebombe-desamorcee-aux-issers-et-unrepenti-tue-a-dellys-22-12-2011152069_109.php | November 19, 2011 Terrorists assassinate former GLD member at home in Si Mustapha, Boumerdès. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/11/20/newsbrief-06 December 7, 2011 Terrorists kidnapped an entrepreneur in Thala Amara, Tizi Ouzou. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/12/08/newsbrief-03 December 23, 2011 Bomb explosion targeted the communal guard station in Chréa, Tigzirt. No one was wounded in the attack. http://www.tsaalgerie.com/divers/attentat-contre-uncantonnement-de-la-garde-communalepres-de-tizi-ouzou_18709.html | November 20, 2011 Bomb hurts 3 soldiers, Mizrana, Tizi Ouzou. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/troismilitaires-grievement-blesses-dans-lexplosion-d-une-bombe-amizrana_18256.html December 16, 2011 A gendarme was wounded in a bomb explosion in El Kalâa, Boumerdès. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/ungendarme-blesse-dans-l-explosion-d-unebombe_18613.html December 23, 2011 3 factory workers were wounded in a bomb explosion in Tikiouache, Mizrana. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/mizr ana-tizi-ouzou-trois-ouvriers-blessespar-une-bombe-24-12-2011152292_109.php | November 29, 2011 Security defuse bomb in Afir, Boumerdès. http://www.tsaalgerie.com/divers/boumerdes-unterroriste-abattu-et-une-bombedesamorcee_18378.html December 20, 2011 Armed men kidnapped a young agricultural worker in Aït Yahia Moussa, Tizi Ouzou. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/aityahia-moussa-tizi-ouzou-un-jeuneagriculteur-kidnappe-22-12-2011152022_109.php December 31, 2011 Armed men attacked a bar in Tirmitine, Tizi Ouzou. The men extorted money from the bar’s patrons and owner. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/tiziouzou-incursion-terroriste-dans-un-bar01-01-2012-153123_109.php | | | | | | | | | | | November 3, 2011 Terrorists kill repentant terrorist in Douar Hadj Ahmed, Zemmouri, Boumerdès. http://www.tsaalgerie.com/divers/terrorisme-unrepenti-tue-a-boumerdes_18049.html | | | | | | | | | | | | | 28
  • 32. Special Update Report - Terrorism in North, West, & Central Africa: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring November 2, 2011 Bomb targets national police in Aomar, Bouira. No one wounded in the blast. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/boui ra-explosion-d-une-bombe-a-aomar-0211-2011-145959_109.php October 12, 2011 Terrorists wound soldier in shootout in Douila, Taffessour, Sidi Bel Abbés. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/unmilitaire-blesse-dans-un-accrochageavec-un-groupe-terroriste_17711.html November1, 2011 Terrorist set fire to a bar in Carrière, Assi Youzef, Tizi Ouzou. Armed men extort money, stealing patron cell phones before starting blaze. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/tiziouzou-un-bar-incendie-par-des-terroristesa-assi-youcef-02-11-2011-145957_109.php October 11, 2011 4 civilians were wounded in a roadside bomb blast in Mekla, Tizi Ouzou. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/meklatizi-ouzou-quatre-citoyens-blesses-dans-lexplosion-d-une-bombe-11-10-2011143049_109.php TIMELINE: Terrorist attacks in the Maghreb and Sahel – 2011 | | | | September 15, 2011 Woman and her son injured when their vehicle was attacked by terrorists in Ouled Ziane, Légata, Boumerdès. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/bou merdes-une-femme-et-un-jeune-garconblesses-par-un-groupe-terroriste-alegata-16-09-2011-140023_109.php September 30, 2011 Bomb kills soldier and policeman in Ammal, Boumerdès. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/terroris me-un-gendarme-succombe-a-l-eph-dethenia-et-un-policier-blesse-a-zemmouri-0110-2011-141770_109.php October 13, 2011 Security defuse bombs, Naciria, Boumerdès. http://www.elwatan.com/une/boumerde s-deux-bombes-desamorcees-pres-denaciria-13-10-2011-143320_108.php | September 19, 2011 3 members of the security forces were wounded in a terrorist attack in Aïn Kechra, Skikda. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/skik da-trois-membres-des-services-desecurite-blesses-dans-un-attentat-a-ainkechra-19-09-2011-140356_109.php October 1, 2011 Bomb injures policeman in Zaâtra between Zemmouri and Si Mustapha, Boumerdès. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/terr orisme-un-gendarme-succombe-a-l-ephde-thenia-et-un-policier-blesse-azemmouri-01-10-2011-141770_109.php October 13, 2011 Civilian shot, wounded by terrorists at false checkpoint in Bogni, Tizi Ouzou. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/bog hni-tizi-ouzou-un-citoyen-blesse-par-desterroristes-14-10-2011-143416_109.php | September 23, 2011 2 bombs targeting a military patrol exploded in Lemsara, Tighlit Bouksas, Zekri. No one was injured in the attack. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/tiziouzou-un-convoi-de-l-armee-attaque-azekri-24-09-2011-140948_109.php October 3, 2011 Terrorists attack a bar in Boghni, Tizi Ouzou. No injuries, but armed band extorts money from patrons. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/tiziouzou-incursion-terroriste-dans-un-bara-boghni-04-10-2011-142142_109.php October 17, 2011 Roadside bomb kills Algerian woman in Aït Slimane, Boumerdès. Sister and small child wounded in attack. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/10/18/newsbrief-02 | September 23, 2011 2 people were kidnapped from a bar during a terrorist attack in Mechtras, Tizi Ouzou. As they were fleeing, the terrorists set the bar on fire. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/deuxpersonnes-enlevees-dans-une-attaquecontre-un-bar-a-tizi-ouzou_17399.html October 6, 2011 2 soldiers were killed in a bomb attack in Azeffoun, Tizi Ouzou. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/deuxsoldats-de-la-marine-tues-dans-un-attentata-azzefoun_17603.html October 20, 2011 Roadside bomb wounds 4 Algerian gendarmes near Zeboudja, Bouira. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/10/21/newsbrief-03 | September 24, 2011 Terrorists attacked a military outpost near the airport in Taher, Jijel. The terrorists launched RPGs at the site. No one was injured in the attack. http://www.elwatan.com/une/attaqueterroriste-au-lance-roquettes-a-laeroport-de-jijel-2509-2011-141105_108.php October 9, 2011 2 civilians were wounded in a bomb explosion in Beni Amrane, Boumerdès. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/deuxpersonnes-blessees-dans-l-explosion-d-unebombe-a-beni-amrane_17654.html October 22, 2011 AQIM offshoot kidnaps 3 Western aid workers from Polisario-run refugee camp near Tindouf, Western Algeria. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/10/24/newsbrief-01 | September 27, 2011 An entrepreneur was kidnapped by an armed group in Naciria, Boumerdès. http://www.tsaalgerie.com/divers/boumerdes-deux-autresterroristes-abattus-un-commercantkidnappe_17477.html October 11, 2011 Bomb strikes military convoy in Bouhinoun, Tizi Ouzou. Civilian injured. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/tiziouzou-un-citoyen-blesse-dans-l-explosion-dune-bombe-11-10-2011-143039_109.php October 25, 2011 4 soldiers were wounded in a bomb explosion in Tadmaït, Tizi Ouzou. http://www.tsaalgerie.com/divers/quatre-militairesblesses-dans-l-explosion-d-une-bombepres-de-tizi-ouzou_17911.html | September 28, 2011 3 Sonelgaz employees were wounded in a bomb explosion in Athouri, Tigzirt, Tizi Ouzou. http://www.tsaalgerie.com/divers/explosion-d-unebombe-pres-de-tizi-ouzou_17483.html | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | 29
  • 33. Special Update Report - Terrorism in North, West, & Central Africa: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring September 14, 2011 Communal guard member assassinated in Tamalous, Sidi Mansour, Skikda. http://www.elwatan.com/weekend/7jou rs/skikda-un-garde-communal-assassinea-tamalous-16-09-2011-139997_178.php August 26, 2011 18 people were killed and 35 injured in a double suicide attack at the military academy in Cherchell, Tipaza. AQIM later claimed responsibility. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/tipaza -15-morts-et-35-blesses-dans-un-doubleattentat-contre-l-academie-militaire-decherchell-26-08-2011-137654_109.php September 14, 2011 2 soldiers were wounded in a bomb explosion in Merine, Sidi Bel Abbes. http://www.elwatan.com/weekend/7jours /sidi-bel-abbes-deux-militaires-blessesdans-l-explosion-d-une-bombe-16-09-2011139998_178.php August 23, 2011 A roadside bomb targeted a food supplier for the Algerian army barracks in Ouled Benfodhil, Bouira. The blast caused no casualties or damages. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/awi/ xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbriefs/gen eral/2011/08/24/newsbrief-03 August 24 2011 Terrorists killed a member for the GLD in Boudhar, Si Mustapha, Boumerdès. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/unpatriote-tue-a-si-mustapha-et-un-ancienpatriote-assassine-pres-dedellys_17035.html August 24, 2011 Terrorists shot and killed a repentant terrorist in Baghlia, Boumerdès. http://www.tsaalgerie.com/divers/boumerdes-cinqpersonnes-tuees-par-des erroristes_17040.html September 10, 2011 Armed men kill repentant terrorist near Aïn El Hamra, Bordj MenaÏel, Boumerdès, http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/09/12/newsbrief-04 September 6, 2011 Security forces diffused 2 bombs on the N12 Roadway near Haï Louz, Thenia. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/deuxbombes-desamorcees-sur-la-rn-12-pres-dethenia_17180.html August 20, 2011 Security forces diffused a bomb in Tidjelabine, on the road between Boumerdès and Algiers. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/ungarde-communal-tue-et-deux-autresblesses-a-bouira-une-bombedesamorcee-a-boumerdes_16969.html August 24, 2011 1 soldier was killed and 2 were wounded in a bomb explosion in Taouarga, Boumerdès. http://www.tsaalgerie.com/divers/boumerdes-cinqpersonnes-tuees-par-desterroristes_17040.html September 10, 2011 Security forces diffused 2 bombs in Ouled Ali, Cap Djinet. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/unrepenti-tue-a-ain-el-hamra-dans-laregion-de-bordj-menaiel_17232.html August 21, 2011 A communal guard was killed by an army deserter in Beni Ksila, Bejaïa. http://www.tsaalgerie.com/divers/bejaia-un-gardecommunal-tue-par-un-deserteur-de-lanp-a-beni-ksila_16981.html August 24, 2011 Terrorists assassinated a member of the GLD in Boudouaou, Boumerdès. http://www.tsaalgerie.com/divers/boumerdes-cinqpersonnes-tuees-par-des erroristes_17040.html September 12, 2011 2 communal guards seriously wounded in a terrorist attack in Kenouâ, Skikda. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/ouedzhor-skikda-deux-gardes-communauxblesses-dans-un-attentat-13-09-2011139618_109.php August 21, 2011 2 members of the GLD were wounded in a terrorist attack in El Annab, El Amra, Aïn Defla. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/terr orisme-deux-patriotes-grievementblesses-a-el-annab-ain-defla-22-08-2011137153_109.php August 18, 2011 Bomb kills communal guard, wounds 2 others in Ouled Foudhil, Kadiria, Bouira. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/ungarde-communal-tue-et-deux-autresblesses-a-bouira-une-bombedesamorcee-a-boumerdes_16969.html August 29, 2011 1 soldier killed, 1 wounded in a bomb attack in Souk el Had, Boumerdès. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/boumer des-un-militaire-tue-et-un-autre-blesse-asouk-el-had-29-08-2011-138037_109.php August 27, 2011 2 soldiers killed, 7 wounded by bomb and subsequent clash in Gouraya, Tipaza. Soliders were patrolling region following double suicide attack. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/tipazadeux-morts-et-sept-blesses-dans-unratissage-a-gouraya-27-08-2011137852_109.php August 18, 2011 A communal guard was killed by armed terrorists in Oued Dejmaa, Aïn Defla. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/aindefla-un-garde-communal-assassine-abordj-emir-khaled-19-08-2011136804_109.php August 24, 2011 A former GLD member was assassinated by a terrorist group in Sidi Daoud, Boumerdès. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/bou merdes-un-patriote-assassine-a-sididaoud-24-08-2011-137442_109.php August 23, 2011 2 policemen were killed and 1 civilian wounded in a terrorist attack in Hasnaoua, Bordj Bou Arréridj. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/bord j-bou-arreridj-deux-policiers-assassineset-un-jeune-blesse-a-hasnaoua-25-082011-137487_109.php TIMELINE: Terrorist attacks in the Maghreb and Sahel – 2011 | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | August 18, 2011 Terrorists kill 3 civilians, wound 2 others in El Vir, Maâtkas, Tizi Ouzou, while attempting to kidnap a young girl when neighbors intervened and the terrorists opened fire. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/08/19/newsbrief-03 | | | | | | | | | | | | 30
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Special Update Report - Terrorism in North, West, & Central Africa: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring August 18, 2011 Terrorists assassinate communal guards leader in Zemmouri, Boumerdès. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/08/19/newsbrief-03 August 9, 2011 2 gendarmes were wounded in a bomb explosion in Issers, Boumerdès. http://www.elwatan.com/une/boumerde s-deux-gendarmes-blesses-dans-lexplosion-d-une-bombe-a-isser-09-082011-135610_108.php August 18, 2011 Bomb blasts army convoy in Ait Maâleme, Azeffoun, Tizi Ouzou, wounds 1 soldier. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/tiziouzou-explosion-d-une-bombe-aazeffoun-18-08-2011-136691_109.php July 31, 2011 3 soldiers were killed and 5 wounded in a bomb explosion targeting a military convoy in Taza, Tissemslit. http://www.tsaalgerie.com/divers/trois-militaires-tuesdans-l-explosion-d-une-bombe-atissemsilt_16763.html August 17, 2011 Terrorists kill civilian and policeman in Talla Bounane, Beni Aissi, Tizi Ouzou. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/beni -aissi-tizi-ouzou-deux-morts-dans-uneattaque-terroriste-17-08-2011136558_109.php TIMELINE: Terrorist attacks in the Maghreb and Sahel – 2011 | | | | | July 10, 2011 A member of the GLD was assassinated by an armed group in Oued Sbaâ, Sidi Bel Abbés. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/sidibel-abbes-un-membre-des-gld-assassinepar-un-groupe-arme-a-oued-sbaa-11-072011-132315_109.php July 23, 2011 A member of Algeria's self-defence groups was killed by terrorists close to his home in Ouled Ziane, Boumerdes. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/07/24/newsbrief-03 August 10, 2011 Terrorists execute one of three kidnap victims in Djouahra, Bouira. http://www.tsaalgerie.com/divers/terrorisme-un-hommeegorge-pres-de-bouira_16886.html | July 13, 2011 2 soldiers were killed and 1 wounded in a bomb attack in Baghlia, Boumerdès. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/deux -militaires-tues-et-six-autres-blesses-abaghlia-16-07-2011-132794_109.php July 26, 2011 3 soldiers wounded in bomb attack while carrying out a sweep operation in Bousekala, Sidi Semiane, Tipaza. http://www.spectreinternational.com/documents/W3124thto31stJuly2011.pdf August 14, 2011 Suicide car bomber attacks police station in Tizi Ouzoub, injures 33, including 12 police. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/attenta t-kamikaze-a-tizi-ouzou-la-kabylie-frappeeau-coeur-15-08-2011-136250_109.php | July 14, 2011 5 soldiers wounded in a bomb attack in Baghlia, Boumerdès, just hours after a first bomb attack the evening before. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/deux -militaires-tues-et-six-autres-blesses-abaghlia-16-07-2011-132794_109.php July 26, 2011 A suicide bomber blew himself up in the center of Bouhamza, Béjaïa. No bystanders were wounded in the attack. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/bejai a-un-terroriste-s-est-fait-explose-abouhamza-26-07-2011-134092_109.php August 16, 2011 A roadside bomb blast killed an Algerian soldier and wounded 5 others in Thenia, Boumerdès. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/08/17/newsbrief-02 | July 15, 2011 ANP officer wounded in a firefight with terrorists in Boudekhane, Khenchela. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/unofficier-de-l-anp-blesse-dans-unaccrochage-16-07-2011-132795_109.php July 27, 2011 Security forces defuse two bombs at ANP barracks in Bendoufil, Kadiria, Bouira. The bombs were founded in the same location as those in the July 19th attack, which injured 11 soldiers. http://www.tsaalgerie.com/divers/deux-bombesdesamorcees-devant-une-caserne-abouira_16695.html August 16, 2011 A civilian was injured during a shootout between terrorists and ANP soldiers in Beni Aissi, Tizi Ouzou. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/tiziouzou-un-citoyen-blesse-dans-unaccrochage-a-beni-aissi-16-08-2011136490_109.php | July 16, 2011 Suicide bombers carried out a double attack in Bordj Menaïel, Boumerdès. 2 people killed and 13 others wounded, 5 civilians and 8 policemen. Members of AQIM cell of Droukdel suspected in the attack, for which AQIM subsequently claimed responsibility. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/2morts-et-13-blesses-dans-un-doubleattentat-kamikaze-17-07-2011132951_109.php July 31, 2011 A civilian was kidnapped by an armed group in Azazga, Tizi Ouzou. He was released the following day. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/tiziouzou-un-citoyen-enleve-puis-libere-aazazga-01-08-2011-134705_109.php August 16, 2011 Security forces diffused two bombs in the center of the town of Bouira. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/bouiraa-vecu-une-nuit-de-cauchemar_16927.html | July 19, 2011 11 soldiers were wounded in a dual bomb attack near the ANP barracks in Ouled Benfodhil, Kadiria, Bouira. 2 soldiers later died from their injuries. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/onzemilitaires-blesses-dans-l-explosion-de-deuxbombes-a-bouira_16584.html | | | | | | | | | | | | July 8, 2011 2 gendarmes were wounded in a bomb explosion on Sidi Abdelaziz beach, Jijel. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/07/10/newsbrief-02 | | | | | | | | | | | | 31
  • 35. Special Update Report - Terrorism in North, West, & Central Africa: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring July 4, 2011 Shepherd killed by a bomb explosion in Djebel Boukhelil, Aïn Rich, M’sila. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/uneleveur-dechiquete-par-une-bombe-a-msila-06-07-2011-131611_109.php June 25, 2011 2 ANP troops seriously injured by roadside bomb in Beni Zid, Collo, Skikda. Device buried near military camp, detonated remotely when soldiers approached. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/06/26/newsbrief-03 July 4, 2011 Armed Islamists opened fire on police station in Aïn El Hammam, Tizi Ouzou, killing 1 policeman, wounding 1 other. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/unpolicier-tue-un-autre-blesse-et-unterroriste-abattu-05-07-2011131459_109.php May 30, 2011 5 gendarmes wounded by terrorists during sweep operation in Kaf Kala, Ténès. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/cinq -gendarmes-blesses-dans-uneembuscade-31-05-2011-126697_109.php May 30, 2011 2 soldiers were wounded in a bomb explosion in Mizrana, Tizi Ouzou. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/tiziouzou-deux-militaires-blesses-dans-lexplosion-d-une-bombe-amizrana_15888.html June 23, 2011 1 soldier killed, 8 others wounded in a terrorist attack against a military convoy in Azazga, Tizi Ouzou. 1 civilian killed, 1 other wounded in firefight. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/lebilan-de-l-attentat-d-azazga-revu-a-lahausse-deux-morts-et-neufblesses_16241.html July 3, 2011 Bomb targets gendarme patrol in Bordj Menaiel, Boumerdès. No injuries. http://www.elwatan.com/une/boumerde s-explosion-d-une-bombe-artisanale-abordj-menaiel-03-07-2011131175_108.php May 28, 2011 A communal guard was injured in a terrorist attack in Ath Saada, Tadmait, Tizi Ouzou. The rest of the unit was able to thwart further attack by killing the terrorist armed with a rifle and a bomb as he tried to enter the barracks. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/05/29/newsbrief-01 June 20, 2011 1 soldier and 2 legitimate defense guards were wounded in a bomb explosion in Fil-Fila, Skikda. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/skik da-un-militaire-et-deux-gld-blesses-dansl-explosion-d-une-bombe-20-06-2011129486_109.php July 3, 2011 Terrorists fired RPG at communal guards branch in Ahemd Salem, Kerkera, Skikda. No one injured. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/skik da-attaque-terroriste-au-rpg-a-kerkera03-07-2011-131184_109.php May 23, 2011 2 soldiers were killed in a bomb explosion in Kadiria, Bouira. The bomb was remotely-detonated. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/boui ra-deux-militaires-tues-dans-un-attentata-la-bombe-a-kadiria-23-05-2011125716_109.php June 15, 2011 A member of the communal guard was wounded in a bomb explosion on the road between Timezrit and Naciria in Tizouighine, Boumerdès. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/bou merdes-un-garde-communal-blesse-dansl-explosion-d-une-bombe-a-timezrit-1506-2011-128832_109.php July 1, 2011 1 soldier killed, 2 injured in a bomb explosion in Nacira, Boumerdès. http://www.ennaharonline.com/en/new s/6980.html May 23, 2011 A roadside bomb targeting a convoy of soldiers exploded in Azeffoun, Tizi Ouzou. No one was wounded in the remotely-detonated explosion. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/tiziouzou-explosion-d-une-bombe-aazeffoun-23-05-2011-125750_109.php June 13, 2011 A soldier was killed and 2 others were seriously wounded in a bomb explosion in Taboudoucht, Aghribs, Tizi Ouzou. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/unmilitaire-tue-et-deux-autres-blesses-presde-tizi-ouzou_16107.html July 1, 2011 4 policemen, 1 civilian wounded in a bomb attack in Azzefoun, Tizi Ouzou. http://www.tsaalgerie.com/divers/quatre-policiers-etun-citoyen-blesses-dans-un-attentat-a-labombe-pres-de-tizi-ouzou_16345.html June 29, 2011 Security forces diffused a bomb found on Tassalast Beach, Tigzirt, Tizi Ouzou. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/unebombe-desamorcee-sur-la-plagetassalast-de-tigzirt_16324.html June 5, 2011 3 soldiers killed, 2 others wounded in terrorist attack on an army post in Bellouta, Sidi Abdelaziz, Jijel. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/trois -militaires-tues-a-sidi-abdelaziz-jijel-0606-2011-127540_109.php June 27, 2011 1 soldier killed, 3 others wounded by bomb in Legata, Bordj Bou Arreridj. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/unmilitaire-tue-et-trois-blesses-a-bordjbou-arreridj_16286.html May 15, 2011 1 soldier was killed and 2 others were wounded in a firefight with a terrorist group in Ath Yenni, Tizi Ouzou. http://www.elwatan.com/une/tiziouzou-un-militaire-tue-et-deux-autresblesses-dans-un-accrochage-a-ath-yenni15-05-2011-124552_108.php June 4, 2011 4 police killed, 1 injured by bomb on road from Bordj Menaïel to Naciria, Boumerdès. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/quat re-policiers-tues-dans-un-attentat-05-062011-127376_109.php TIMELINE: Terrorist attacks in the Maghreb and Sahel – 2011 | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | May 14, 2011 An entrepreneur was kidnapped by armed men at a false roadblock in Mechtras, Bogni, Tizi Ouzou. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/tiziouzou-un-deuxieme-entrepreneurenleve_15661.html | | | | | | | | | | | | 32
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Special Update Report - Terrorism in North, West, & Central Africa: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring May 13, 2011 Terrorists attacked an army post in Tizrarane, Jijel, killing 7 soldiers. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/attaque -contre-un-poste-avance-de-l-armee-a-jijel7-militaires-tues-a-ziama-mansouriah-1305-2011-124300_109.php May 6, 2011 5 soldiers killed and 5 others wounded in a bomb explosion in El Kennar, Jijel. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/elkennar-jijel-cinq-militaires-tues-dans-unattentat-a-la-bombe-06-05-2011123333_109.php April 17, 2011 Gendarme killed and 3 others wounded in a bomb attack on the road between Lakhdaria and Bouderbala, Bouira. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/ungendarme-tue-et-trois-autresblesses_15250.html May 11, 2011 2 communal guards and 1 soldier were wounded in an IED explosion in Sidi Akkacha, Chelef. http://www.spectreinternational.com/documents/20.Inciden tsReportW-20--09thto15thMay2011.pdf April 29, 2011 A bomb blast injured 3 gendarmes in Lakhdaria, Bouira. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/05/01/newsbrief-04 April 17, 2011 4 soldiers were killed in 2 bomb explosions in Ammal, Boumerdès. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/cinqmilitaires-dont-un-capitaine-tues-par-desterroristes-pres-deboumerdes_15255.html April 29, 2011 A roadside bomb killed 4 soldiers in Damous, Tipaza. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/05/01/newsbrief-04 May 11, 2011 A young entrepreneur is kidnapped by an armed group in Beni Douala, Tizi Ouzou. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/tiziouzou-enlevement-d-un-entrepreneur-abeni-douala-11-05-2011-124079_109.php April 28, 2011 5 communal guards killed, 4 injured by bomb in Oud Djemaâ, Aïn Defla. http://www.elwatan.com/weekend/7jours/ ain-defla-5-gardes-communaux-tues-dansun-attentat-terroriste-29-04-2011122496_178.php May 9, 2011 A bomb targeting a gendarmerie convoy exploded in Lakhdaria, Bouira. No one was wounded in the attack. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/unebombe-explose-au-passage-d-une-patrouillede-gendarmerie-10-05-2011123886_109.php April 27, 2011 2 gendarmes were killed and another wounded in a bomb explosion in Boumelih, Cap Djinet, Boumerdès. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/deuxgendarmes-tues-et-un-troisieme-blesse-aboumerdes_15392.html May 7, 2011 2 civilians were wounded in a bomb explosion in Boghni, Tizi Ouzou. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/baghlia -boumerdes-un-assassinat-et-desinterrogations-08-05-2011-123555_109.php TIMELINE: Terrorist attacks in the Maghreb and Sahel – 2011 | | | | | | | April 13, 2011 2 civilians, one policeman wounded in a terrorist attack in Thenia, Boumerdès. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/boum erdes-deux-citoyens-et-un-policier-blessesdans-un-attentat-a-thenia-13-04-2011120436_109.php April 18, 2011 Communal guard wounded during sweep operation in Tarek Ibn Ziad, Aïn Defla. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/unterroriste-abattu-et-un-gardecommunal-blesse-a-ain-defla-19-042011-121135_109.php May 6, 2011 A former journalist was killed by armed men in Balarouche, Boumerdès. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/unancien-journaliste-tue-par-des-hommesarmes-a-boumerdes_15524.html | April 14, 2011 Terrorist kills Legitimate Defense Group member in Aïn Kechra, Skikda. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/skik da-un-patriote-assassine-a-ain-kechra14-04-2011-120529_109.php April 26, 2011 Homemade bomb explodes in Aïn El Hamra, Cap Djinet, Boumerdès. No injuries. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/deuxgendarmes-tues-et-un-troisieme-blesse-aboumerdes_15392.html May 6, 2011 A restaurant owner was kidnapped by an armed group in Lakhdaria, Bouira. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/boui ra-un-restaurateur-enleve-a-lakhdaria08-05-2011-123582_109.php | April 15, 2011 14 Algerian soldiers killed, 16 more wounded in a coordinated attack a military camp in Azazga, Tizi-Ouzou. At least 50 terrorists reportedly surprised ANP troops with machine-gun fire, bombs and grenades after planting explosives and blocking roads with trees to block military reinforcements. AQIM later claimed responsibility. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/14militaires-tues-16-blesses-et-unterroriste-abattu-17-04-2011120834_109.php April 27, 2011 Businessman kidnapped by terrorists in Ouled Laâlem, Kadiria, Bouira. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/bouirapas-de-nouvelles-du-commercant-enleve-akadiria-02-05-2011-122825_109.php May 8, 2011 A repentant terrorist was killed by an armed group in Dellys, Boumerdès. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/unrepenti-tue-par-un-groupe-arme-adellys_15550.html | April 17, 2011 1 soldier was killed and 3 others were wounded in a firefight with terrorists in Djerrah, Ammal, Boumerdès. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/unmilitaire-tue-et-deux-terroristes-abattusa-boumerdes_15252.html | | | | | | | | | | | April 11, 2011 Bomb targets public works convoy on road from Tigzirt to Dellys. No injuries. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/tiziouzou-une-bombe-explose-sans-faire-devictimes-12-04-2011-120252_109.php | | | | | | | | | | | | | 33
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Special Update Report - Terrorism in North, West, & Central Africa: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring April 7, 2011 Bomb kills communal guard, injures another in Oued Boumerchiche, Aïn Defla. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/aindefla-un-garde-communal-tue-et-un-autreblesse-dans-l-explosion-d-une-bombe-a-elhassania-08-04-2011-119628_109.php March 14, 2011 A civilian was wounded in a rocket attack in Abla, Sidi Ali Bounab. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/unterroriste-abattu-et-un-citoyen-blesse-parune-roquette-de-l-armee_14764.html February 7, 2011 2 gendarmes wounded by IED explosion in Douar Hadj Ahmed, Boumerdès, http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/deuxgendarmes-blesses-dans-l-explosion-d-unebombe-pres-de-boumerdes_14187.html March 9, 2011 A civilian was killed when he stepped on a bomb in Aït Chafaa, Azzefoun. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/unhomme-dechiquete-par-une-bombe-pres-dazzefoun_14733.html February 5, 2011 ANP commander killed in shootout with terrorist group in Thénia, Boumerdès. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/boumer des-un-commandant-de-l-anp-tue-a-thenia05-02-2011-110362_109.php March 8, 2011 5 civilians were killed in a bomb explosion in Selmana, Djefla. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/cinqcivils-tues-dans-l-explosion-d-une-bombepres-de-djlefa_14685.html February 5, 2011 Terrorists attack army base at guard change near Tébessa. 1 soldier wounded. http://www.spectreinternational.com/documents/W-601st_to_07th_February_2011.pdf February 28, 2011 2 patriots were seriously wounded in a bomb explosion in Bir El Ater, Tébessa. http://www.spectreinternational.com/documents/W1027thFebruaryto06thMarch2010.pdf February 2, 2011 15 terrorists kidnap Italian woman travelling with a tour guide in S. Algeria. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/awi/ xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbriefs/gen eral/2011/02/04/newsbrief-02 March 22, 2011 Terrorists kidnap civilian in Maâtkas, Tizi Ouzou. Released later same day. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/tiziouzou-un-paysan-enleve-puis-relache-23-032011-117401_109.php February 21, 2011 Young man kidnapped for ransom in Jijel, liberated 24 hours later by security forces, who tracked ransom calls. http://www.elwatan.com/regions/est/jijel/ un-homme-kidnappe-libere-22-02-2011112905_130.php January 30, 2011 2 soldiers were seriously wounded in a bomb explosion in Mezeraa, Tébessa. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/deuxmilitaires-grievement-blesses-par-unebombe-a-tebessa_14045.html March 22, 2011 2 communal guards wounded in a bomb explosion in Boumahni, Draa El Mizan. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/tiziouzou-deux-gardes-communaux-blesses-parl-explosion-de-deux-bombes-22-03-2011117229_109.php February 14, 2011 2 civilians were seriously injured in a terrorist attack in Ighzer Ukalghem, Ath Lakser, Bouira. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/deuxblesses-dans-une-attaque-terroriste-16-022011-111999_109.php January 30, 2011 Security services defuse 8 bombs near scene of terror attack that killed a TiziOuzou communal guard earlier in day. Investigators found two devices hidden inside juice containers at schoolyard. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/awi/ xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbriefs/gen eral/2011/01/31/newsbrief-02 March 17, 2011 Security forces diffused a bomb in Tigzirt, Tizi Ouzou. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/tiziouzou-une-bombe-desamorcee-a-tigzirt-etune-boucherie-attaquee-a-ouacifs-18-032011-116568_109.php February 14, 2011 Security forces dismantle 8 bombs in Assi Yousef, Tizi Ouzou. Locals alerted police to IEDs hidden on the roadside. Fortunately, no one was injured. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/huitbombes-desamorcees-16-02-2011112003_109.php January 28, 2011 Communal guard killed, 3 others injured in terrorist attack on headquarters in Assi Youcef, Tizi Ouzou. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/awi/ xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbriefs/gen eral/2011/01/30/newsbrief-04 February 10, 2011 A gendarme was assassinated by 2 terrorists in Baghlia. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/ungendarme-assassine-par-deuxterroristes-pres-de-baghlia_14236.html January 26, 2011 A soldier was shot and killed by terrorists in Aïn Kechra, Skikda. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/unmilitaire-tue-a-ain-kechra-skikda-28-012011-109184_109.php April 6, 2011 Bomb injures public works official on road from Tigzirt to Dellys, Tizi Ouzou. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/awi/ xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbriefs/gen eral/2011/04/07/newsbrief-02 April 3, 2011 IED explodes near Ait Allaoua, Iboudrarene, Tizi Ouzou. No one wounded by blast. http://www.spectreinternational.com/documents/W.1504thAprilto10thApril2011.pdf March 26, 2011 Bomb injures civilian, communal guard in Ameddah, Tizi Ghenif, Tizi Ouzou. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/tiziouzou-deux-blesses-dans-l-explosion-d-unebombe-27-03-2011-117901_109.php March 17, 2011 2 civilians killed by a terrorist group in Hadj Ahmed, Zemmouri. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/boumer des-deux-citoyens-dont-un-elu-du-ptassassines-a-zemmouri-18-03-2011116553_109.php TIMELINE: Terrorist attacks in the Maghreb and Sahel – 2011 | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | 34
  • 38. Special Update Report - Terrorism in North, West, & Central Africa: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring Mali 2011 December 29, 2011 Terrorists "strongly suspected of being AQIM" attack military barracks in Inhalil, security source tells AFP. No injuries. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2012/01/02/newsbrief-04 January 16, 2011 Bomb targets gendarmes in El Ancer, Jijel. No injuries from blast. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/01/17/newsbrief-02 Mauritania 2011 January 23, 2011 Young businessman kidnapped for ransom in Fréha, Tizi Ouzou. Later released. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/uncommercant-kidnappe-a-freha-25-012011-108702_109.php December 20, 2011 Al-Qa’ida attacks Mauritanian police post, abducts1 officer. Ammunition and arms also seized in attack on Adel Bagrou facility, four kilometres from Mali frontier. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/12/21/newsbrief-01 December 20, 2011 Armed Polisario militia kill man, abduct 3 in El Hank, N. Mali, 40 miles from Algeria. http://www.middle-eastonline.com/english/?id=49540 January 15, 2011 A bomb attack targeted communal guards in Ain Bouziane, Jijel village. No one was injured in the explosion. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/01/17/newsbrief-02 November 25, 2011 Armed kidnappers abduct 3 foreign tourists and killed a fourth in Timbuktu http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/worldafrica-15895908 January 10, 2011 Security forces disable bomb in Sidi Mabrouk, Constantine. http://www.elwatan.com/une/unebombe-artisanale-desamorcee-aconstantine-11-01-2011-106766_108.php | | | | | February 1, 2011 Security forces discover AQIM car bomb in R'kiz, Trarza wilaya, 200km south of Nouakchott. Bomb dismantled, no injuries. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/02/02/newsbrief-01 January 1, 2011 5 drug traffickers, 2 Tuaregs killed in drug shootout in Tamesna, in north of country. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/septmorts-et-plusieurs-blesses-dans-des-combatsarmes-04-01-2011-105731_109.php TIMELINE: Terrorist attacks in the Maghreb and Sahel – 2011 | February 2, 2011 Mauritanian soldiers prevent al-Qa’ida attack in the capital by killing 3 terrorists before they could detonate a car bomb. 8 soldiers wounded in firefight. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/02/02/newsbrief-01 January 5, 2011 Former AQIM member explodes grenade at French Embassy in Bamako. 1 wounded. http://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/201 1/01/05/un-homme-jette-un-explosifdevant-l-ambassade-de-france-abamako_1461538_3212.html January 1, 2011 A member of the civilian defense forces was injured in a terrorist attack in Thenia, Boumerdès. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/unpatriote-blesse-dans-un-attentat-aboumerdes-02-01-2011-105381_109.php | February 3, 2011 Mauritanian police officer killed in gun battle with suspected al-Qa’ida in Bezoul, as police chased two men allegedly part of Nouakchott suicide bomb attack. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/02/04/newsbrief-01 June 28, 2011 Landmine kills 3 civilians in Wagadou Forest, near Mauritanian border. https://wits.nctc.gov/FederalDiscoverWITS/i ndex.do?Rcv=Incident&R=25636&nav=Rd%3 DCountry%257C4294948480%257CMali%2 6Nrc%3Did%2B8063%2Bdynrank%2Bdisab led%26N%3D0%26Ns%3Dp_IncidentDate|1 January 3, 2011 A truck driver was gravely injured in a bomb explosion in Kadiria, Bouira. http://www.tsa-algerie.com/divers/unepersonne-blessee-dans-l-explosion-d-unebombe-a-kadiria_13543.html | July 5, 2011 AQIM attack on military garrison in Bassiknou successfully fought off by Mauritanian soldiers. No injuries. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/07/06/newsbrief-01 November 23, 2011 French hostage negotiator shot, injured in N. Mali, while in talks to free 4 French hostages held by AQIM in Arlit, Niger. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/11/24/newsbrief-05 January 6, 2011 A young entrepreneur kidnapped by armed group in M’chedallah, Bouira. http://www.elwatan.com/actualite/unjeune-entrepreneur-kidnappe-a-mchedallah-08-01-2011-106278_109.php | July 26, 2011 A Mauritanian gendarme was killed in an attempt to stop 2 armed men from entering the country from Mali. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/07/27/newsbrief-05 November 24, 2011 Gunmen abduct 2 French geologists from hotel in Hombori, in Central Mali. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/worldafrica-15877709 January 7, 2011 2 gendarmes were wounded in a bomb attack in Sidi Daoud, Boumerdès. http://www.elwatan.com/regions/kabyli e/boumerdes/boumerdes-deuxgendarmes-blesses-a-sidi-daoud-07-012011-106188_146.php | September 23, 2011 IED explodes near Bassikounou, Hodh Ech Chargui, killing 1 Mauritanian civilian and wounding 2 Malian civilians. http://wits.nctc.gov | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | 35
  • 39. Special Update Report - Terrorism in North, West, & Central Africa: From 9/11 to the Arab Spring Morocco Niger Tunisia 2011 2011 2011 July 21, 2011 Member of Morocco's auxiliary forces killed by terrorists at Algerian border, trying prevent attempt by four Algerian terrorists to infiltrate Morocco's province of Jerada for food supplies. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/07/24/newsbrief-02 September 16, 2011 A soldier was killed and 2 others wounded in a clash with elements of AQIM in the Aïr mountains, located in the north of the country. http://www.ennaharonline.com/en/inter national/7264.html July 21, 2011 A Libyan-American charity worker was kidnapped in the Tunisian city of Ras Jedir, close to the Libyan border. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/07/22/newsbri June 12, 2011 1 soldier was killed and 6 others were wounded in a skirmish between armed men and the military in Arlit. AQIM was suspected of perpetrating the attack. http://www.jeuneafrique.com/Article/A RTJAWEB20110614083241/ April 28, 2011 Bomb explodes in Marrakech’s Djemma El-Fna Square, killing 15, wounding at least 20 others, many of them foreigners. Bomb, placed inside popular tourist café, was set off remotely. AQIM denied responsibility, but suspected in attack. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/worldafrica-13226117 January 8, 2011 2 French nationals found dead near Mali border with Niger. The two, seized the day before at a restaurant in the capital Niamey, were reportedly killed in a rescue operation involving French and Nigerien security forces. AQIM later claimed responsibility. http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/a wi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbri efs/general/2011/01/09/newsbrief-03 TIMELINE: Terrorist attacks in the Maghreb and Sahel – 2011 | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | 36
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