Algeria: Crackdown On Al Qaeda-Linked Terrorists
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika addresses journalists at a press conference on January 24. Bouteflika responded to Arab Spring protests in Algiers last year by increasing subsidies and awarding raises to government employees and has supported the military’s aggressive crackdown on Islamist terrorists. (FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images)
January 31, 2012
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
The Algerian government has stepped up its assault on al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), breaking up a plot to use speedboats carrying explosives to attack American and European ships in the Mediterranean Sea last week. The success comes after a security summit between Algeria, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Nigeria confirmed that AQIM has direct ties to the Nigerian terrorist Islamist group Boko Haram.The Algerian Interior Ministry also approved 10 new political parties on Tuesday, including three Islamist parties, in anticipation of the upcoming elections on May 10. These are the first new political parties in more than 10 years, making 22 total political parties, of which six are Islamist.

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