The Armed Islamic Group or GIA is based in Algeria and was founded in the early 1990s by veterans of the war in Afghanistan following the Algerian Government’s ban on the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) in December 1991. In 1993, GIA began a high-profile campaign of terrorist acts and quickly became one of Algeria’s most radical and violent extremist groups. It distinguished itself from other groups operating in Algeria by its indiscriminate targeting of intellectuals and other civilians. GIA has been involved in a number of terrorist acts, including hijacking, bombing civilian sites, attacking civilians and ambushing Algerian security forces. Between 1992 and 2002, GIA reportedly killed more than 100 foreigners, mostly Europeans, in Algeria. Wikipedia and the Council on Foreign Relations cite al-Jama'ah al-Islamiyah al-Musallaha as an alias for GIA, but they appear to be different groups. GIA is both an ally and rival faction of AQIM, as well as sharing members.By…
Armed Islamic Group (GIA)
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