January 4, 2005


Algeria Rebel Group Virtually Wiped Out, Ministry Says (Hamid Ould Ahmed, 1/04/05, Reuters)

Algeria's second largest Islamic rebel group, blamed for the brutal killings of thousands of people in the mid-1990s, has been virtually wiped out after security forces killed and arrested its top members.

The arrest of Nourredine Boudiafi and the death of Younes Chaabane, who had replaced him at the head of the Armed Islamic Group (GIA), all but dismantled a group already weakened by internal dissent, authorities said Tuesday.

The developments came six months after the killing of Nabil Sahraoui, leader of the larger and more active Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), North Africa's top extremist group which has ties to al Qaeda.

meanwhile, the Administration is currently denying this one, Unconfirmed report of Zarqawi capture (UPI, 1/04/05)
A semi-official daily reported Tuesday Iraqi police captured an "important terrorist," believed to be Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, in a raid east of Baghdad.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 4, 2005 12:10 PM
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