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Algeria: The War for Independence

Many historians believe that modern day terrorism started with the initial conflict that would become Algeria's War of Independence. On November 1, 1954, the Front de Liberation Nationale (FLN) launched a series of attacks on French military outposts, police stations, warehouses, communications, and public utilities. These strikes were aimed at the French colonists, but many civilians were killed in the uprising.

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Tamanghasset and the Tuareg - Algeria

Tamanghasset is a town of about 40,000 located in the southern part of Algeria that is also the administrative capital of Tamanghasset province, the largest province in the country. Large it may be, but vast areas of Tamanghasset province are virtually uninhabited. One might say that Tamanghasset is the "poster child" for desert oasis' everywhere. Outside the dusty but well-ordered town of Tamanghasset with its signature red houses, desert wastes of the magnificent Sahara stretch for miles in any direction. It is for this reason that Tamanghasset has long been a vital rest stop for ancient caravans, desert traders and even patrols of the French Foreign Legion, who named the town Fort Laperrine. The town's importance to Algeria was demonstrated by the fact that the paved Trans-Sahara Highway goes through Tamanghasset and travelers on the north-south route often stop at the town.

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Iconic Land: The Sahara Desert of Algeria

With over 80% of its land occupied by the Sahara Desert, Algeria is a country for the true adventurer. The Sahara is the largest hot desert in the world encompassing over 3.5 million square miles, which is roughly the size of the entire United States.

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Algiers: The Soul of Algeria

For anyone traveling to Algeria, a stay in Algiers is a must. Situated on the Mediterranean Sea, Algiers is the largest Algerian city with over 3 million residents. The city structure starts at the sea and rises 400 feet into the hills of this city. The legendary Casbah or citadel crowns the hills. A walled encampment that has been the subject of movies, books, wars, and music and holds the heart of the area.

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The Music of Algeria

The music of Algeria is steep in tradition and culture and represents the people with a melody of beautiful sounds. A type of folk music called Sha-bii is widely popular. Within the words are poetic structures that give forth opinions on the everyday life of Algeria.

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Algeria: The Barb Horse

Without the horse, history would have stood silent and there is no better example than the horse of North Africa, The Barb. Today this horse is known as the Arabian and throughout the past 4000 years, this magnificent beast has helped to shape human existence.

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Algeria: In Search of Lost Cities

As you gaze upon the endless expanse of sand and palms, you have to wonder how much of Algeria is still lost beneath your feet -- hidden from view until Mother Nature or fate reveals its secrets for all to see. Algeria claims many famous and well-intact ruins from its Roman colonial past and even earlier. One of the most unforgettable are those around Tipasa. The remains of grand structures are quite a sight to see; especially when the sun is setting over the Mediterranean Sea and the ruins are but only a silhouette against the colored sky.

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Algeria: The Lost Art of the Maghrib

Buried deep within the fortified walls of Marrakech, Casablanca and others; sits the hidden art of Algeria. Almost lost to antiquity, the art of the Maghrib is a unique mixture of symbols and signs found in pottery, textiles, carved or painted wood, leather works, jewelry, amulets, and tattoos.

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