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Armed Islamic Group

group name

Groupe Islamiste Arme (GIA), "Armed Islamic Group."



stated purpose

The GIA over the years has sought the overthrow of Algeria's secular government and the establishment of an Islamic state.


Unknown. Estimates during the GIA's height in the 1990s ranged between 20,000 and 25,000, with nearly 500 recruits a week. Almost all former members accepted amnesty offered in 2005 or joined other terrorist groups.

The GIA received funding from Algerian expatriates and foreign members of another...

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