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Algeria is located in the Maghreb region of North Africa. It shares land borders with Tunisia, Libya, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco and Western Sahara. Its northern coastline on the Mediterranean Sea is the focus of Algeria's maritime and coastal defense planning.

From 1830 until gaining independence in 1962, Algeria was a department of France. The National Liberation Front began a war of independence in 1954. Between 100,000 and 150,000 people died in that conflict,...

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