Algeria

Country Algeria
Capital Algiers
Continent Africa
Currency Algerian dinar(DZD)
Languages Arabic

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After more than a century of rule by France, Algerians fought through much of the 1950s to achieve independence in 1962. Algeria's primary political party, the National Liberation Front (FLN), has dominated politics ever since. Many Algerians in the subsequent generation were not satisfied, however, and moved to counter the FLN's centrality in Algerian politics. The surprising first round success of the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) in the December 1991 balloting spurred the Algerian army to intervene and postpone the second round of elections to prevent what the secular elite feared would be an extremist-led government from assuming power. The army began a crackdown on the FIS that spurred FIS supporters to begin attacking government targets. The government later allowed elections featuring pro-government and moderate religious-based parties, but this did not appease the activists who progressively widened their attacks. The fighting escalated into an insurgency, which saw intense fighting between 1992-98 resulting in over 100,000 deaths - many attributed to indiscriminate massacres of villagers by extremists. The government gained the upper hand by the late-1990s and FIS's armed wing, the Islamic Salvation Army, disbanded in January 2000. Abdelaziz BOUTEFLIKA, with the backing of the military, won the presidency in 1999 in an election widely viewed as fraudulent and was reelected in a landslide victory in 2004. BOUTEFLIKA was overwhelmingly reelected to a third term in 2009 after the government amended the constitution in 2008 to remove presidential term limits. Longstanding problems continue to face BOUTEFLIKA, including large-scale unemployment, a shortage of housing, unreliable electrical and water supplies, government inefficiencies and corruption, and the continuing activities of extremist militants. The Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) in 2006 merged with al-Qai'da to form al-Qai'da in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb, which has launched an ongoing series of kidnappings and bombings - including high-profile, mass-casualty suicide attacks targeting the Algerian Government and Western interests.

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Algeria coach Leekens resigns from role - ESPN

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Algeria coach Leekens resigns from role
ESPN
"Given the pressure exerted on the federation and the national team, I prefer to end my contract out of friendship for the president of the FAF [Algerian Football Federation]," Leekens told the FAF's official website. Leekens was appointed for his ...
Algeria out of African Nations Cup early as Tunisia reach quarterfinalsESPN FC
Afcon 2017: Algeria coach Georges Leekens quits after eliminationBBC Sport
Tunisia make it through but Algeria are out of Africa Cup Of NationsThe Guardian
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Has a UFO been spotted off the coast of Algeria? - Daily Mail

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Has a UFO been spotted off the coast of Algeria?
Daily Mail
A mysterious new video has emerged which conspiracy theorists believe may show a UFO off the coast of Algeria. A strange object can be seen flying through the sky, while a waterspout can be seen shooting out of the water and into the air. It is unclear ...

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Akpokona warns against underrating Algeria - The Nation Newspaper

Akpokona warns against underrating Algeria
The Nation Newspaper
Ahead of Super Eagles clash with Algeria in continuation of the World cup qualifiers later in the year, veteran coach Lawrence Akpokana has warned that it would be dangerous to underrate the Algerians following their early exit from the ongoing Nations ...



From colonial Algeria to modern day Europe, the Muslim veil remains an ideological battleground - The Conversation UK

The Conversation UK

From colonial Algeria to modern day Europe, the Muslim veil remains an ideological battleground
The Conversation UK
But in the 1950s, the veil played an important role during the Algerian war of independence against French colonial rule. Frantz Fanon, a Martinique-born psychiatrist and anti-colonial intellectual, described the French colonial doctrine in Algeria as ...



Afcon 2017: Algeria exit tournament without a win - BBC Sport

BBC Sport

Afcon 2017: Algeria exit tournament without a win
BBC Sport
Algeria crashed out of the Africa Cup of Nations at the group stage after failing to win a single game in Gabon. They were held to a 2-2 draw by Group B winners Senegal in a match they had to win to have any chance of avoiding an embarrassing early exit.
LIVE Senegal - Algeria - Africa Cup of Nations Football - 23 January 2017Eurosport.com
AFCON 2017: Algeria on brink of early exit, Senegal qualifies for quarterfinalCNN
Algeria on the brink after 2-1 defeat to TunisiaEconomic Times
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Algeria crash out of Africa Cup of Nations after ill-tempered draw ... - Mirror.co.uk

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Algeria crash out of Africa Cup of Nations after ill-tempered draw ...
Mirror.co.uk
Algeria crashed out of the Africa Cup of Nations at the group stage as Islam Slimani's brace was not enough to beat a much-changed Senegal side in Franceville ...
Algeria out of African Nations Cup after draw with SenegalESPN
Senegal advances to AFCON quarters; Algeria on brinkTSN

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CIA Documents: Egypt Helped Algeria in Sands War Against Morocco - Morocco World News

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CIA Documents: Egypt Helped Algeria in Sands War Against Morocco
Morocco World News
Casablanca CIA declassified documents confirm that Egypt aided Algeria in the Sands War between Morocco and Algeria in 1963, by supplying the Algerians officers. As part of its new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the CIA has given public access to ...

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Egypt, Algeria to face off at World Military Football Cup's quarterfinals - Daily News Egypt

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Egypt, Algeria to face off at World Military Football Cup's quarterfinals
Daily News Egypt
On Tuesday, Egypt will meet Algeria in the quarterfinals of the 2017 World Military Football Cup which is taking place in Muscat, Oman. In the first round, Egypt was placed in group D along with Syria, Poland, and Canada. Egypt drew with Poland 1-1; ...



Algeria coach Leekens quits after #AFCON2017 exit - Independent Online

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Algeria coach Leekens quits after #AFCON2017 exit
Independent Online
Algeria's Belgian coach Georges Leekens quit on Tuesday after the side crashed out of the Africa Cup of Nations. Algeria were one of the pre-tournament favourites for the competition in Gabon but failed to win a game in their opening group. "For the ...

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Leekens quits after Algeria's AFCON exit - FourFourTwo

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Leekens quits after Algeria's AFCON exit
FourFourTwo
Algeria have announced that Georges Leekens has resigned as head coach after their failure to qualify for the knockout phase of the Africa Cup of Nations. A 2-2 draw with Senegal on Monday saw Algeria miss out on a qualification spot in Group B ...