#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – September 30 – The transfer of prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay has ground to a halt amid a slow Pentagon approval process.
This has caused deep frustration within the administration and raising doubts that President Barack Obama will be able to fulfil his campaign promise to close the offshore prison for terrorism suspects AP reported today.
A detainee sent back to his native Algeria in March is the only prisoner to have moved out this year, beyond the controversial exchange of five Taliban members in return for long-held captive U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
#AceWorldNews – ALGERIA – April – Islamic militants ambushed Algerian troops during a routine mountain patrol near the capital Algiers, killing 11 soldiers, a security source told Reuters on Sunday.
The attack, which occurred in Tizi Ouzou, 120 kms (74.5 miles) east of Algiers, marked the deadliest in years against Algeria’s security forces. Al-Qaeda’s north African branch, ‘Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb’ (AQIM), is reportedly operating in Algeria.
AQIM is mostly based in the Sahel area which crosses southern Algeria, but over the past few months the army has killed several militants in the eastern mountains, and security sources say some have been found with weapons traced to Libya.
Abdelmalek Droukdel, the university chemistry student who become AQIM leader after fighting in Afghanistan’s civil war, is believed to be hiding in the eastern mountains.
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#AceWorldNews – ALGERIA – April 18 – Algeria’s ailing president who has chronic health problems has taken more than 81 percent of the vote, according to the interior minister.
The 77-year old who suffered a stroke last year beat five other opponents without doing any personal campaigning.
A coalition of Islamist and secular parties had called for a boycott of the vote calling it a sham and three other presidential candidates pulled out of the race saying the result would be a foregone conclusion.
Violence marred the election process, particularly in Kabylie, a restive Berber region east of Algiers, with 70 people wounded in protests.
#AceWorldNews – ALGERIA – April 17 – Algerians have started casting their votes in presidential elections that are likely to lead to Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s fourth mandate, despite wide expectation’s of a low turnout and amid calls for a boycott with the opposition warning of rigged results.
More than 260,000 police have been deployed to protect the 50,000 polling booths opening on Thursday across Africa’s largest country.
Around 23 million Algerians have registered on the electoral roll as eligible voters in Algeria and abroad to choose between the six contesting candidates.
Bouteflika, 77, who is seeking to extend his 15-year rule despite chronic health problems, is the firm favourite.
#AceWorldNews – ALGERIA – 22 March – As thousands of opposition supporters have taken to the streets in Algeria to call for a boycott of next month’s presidential election.
Islamist and secular opposition parties joined forces to denounce 77 year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s bid to win a fourth term. Mr Bouteflika, who has been in power since 1999, scrapped constitutional rules in 2008 limiting him to two terms as president.