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  •  I know very little about Algiers' history (3+ / 0-)

    hopefully some knowledgeable Kossacks will inform. :)

    STOP THE SPENDING by ending tax cuts for zillionaires!

    by MartyM on Sat Feb 12, 2011 at 04:31:09 AM PST

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    •  in the last 170 years, Algeria went to war with (4+ / 0-)

      Spain, the Netherlands, Prussia, Denmark, Russia, and the city-state of Napoli, Italia.

      They went to war with the United States twice for piracy and enslavement of the Christians, which led to the Barbary Wars I and II.  And Algeria's war of independence against imperialist France from 1954 to 1962 was especially protracted, entrenched, bloody, and memorable, even using African wars of European liberation as a comparison standard.

      After which, Algeria fell into a pattern of dictatorial "lifetime" rulers, coups, and failed assassination attempts.

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