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Algerian Gendarmerie

Location: Algeria


Type: Police

The Border Guard Unit is responsible for border security and preservation. They are tasked with border surveillance, detecting border insecurity, and neutralising border insecurity.  They also control the movement of persons and goods along the border. They are responsible for preventing illegal immigration, smuggling and trafficking.

The Border Guard work on the frontlines of preventing terrorism. Not only are they tasked with preventing the entry of suspected terrorists but also preventing the flow of terrorist materials across the border, such as weapons, ammunition, or explosive materials.

The Special Detachment of Intervention are often the force tasked with tackling terrorist threats. This detachment is an elite whose main role is currently to neutralise terrorists and fight terrorism in Algeria, alongside keeping public order.

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.