See Camil al-Tawil, "Algerian Islamic Salvation Front: Armed Islamic Group
Responsible for Sahraoui's Assassination," Al-Hayat, December 9, 1995.
The movement emerged in 1998 from schisms within the Groupe Islamique Arme (the Armed Islamic Group
, or GIA), one of the main insurgent groups in Algeria's civil war.
Likewise a dividing line cuts through the Islamic opposition: the very radical Armed Islamic Group
(GIA) remains set on a fight to the finish, while the less radical Front Islamique du Salut (FIS) and the more moderate Islamists have rejected the GIA's tactics.
In Algeria, competing armed groups operating in the name of Islam--the Armed Islamic Group
(GIA, once number three on the U.
In the section relating to Algeria, Chasdi devotes considerable time to the Islamic Salvation Front, the Armed Islamic Group
(GIA), and some relatively obscure splinter groups of the GIA.
The most notable of these groups are the Armed Islamic Group
and the Salafist Group for Call and Combat, known by their French acronyms GIA and GSPC, respectively.
The Algerian Armed Islamic Group
is in Seattle, San Diego, and Los Angeles.
180) In its brief to the immigration court, the INS claimed that its exhibits proved that the FIS and the Armed Islamic Group
(GIA) were terrorist organizations, that Haddam was a member of both, and that he and they were waged in an "Islamic jihad.
and anti-Israeli attacks; HAMAS (Islamic Resistance Movement) and the Palestine Islamic Jihad, both of which use terrorism in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Israel in order to undermine Middle East peace negotiations and to establish an Islamic Palestinian state; the Abu Sayyaf Group, which is a radical Islamic separatist group operating in the southern Philippines; Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya (Islamic Group), which is based in Egypt and seeks the overthrow of the Egyptian government; and the Armed Islamic Group
, which is based in Algeria and seeks to overthrow the secular Algerian regime and replace it with an Islamic state.
The extremists of both camps - be that the hardline cadre of the Armed Islamic Group
(GIA) or the "eradicators" on the regime's side - have continued with a spate of bloody attacks and retaliations, which by now has taken the lives of well over 100,000 people according to most estimates.
The leader of the Armed Islamic Group
, Algeria's most radical rebel movement, was killed yesterday in a gunfight with security forces near the Algerian capital.
The government has offered full co-operation with the US after the bombing of the WTC and the Pentagon, and there has been intelligence sharing since then in light of the fact that the Al Qaida network had links with the Algerian militant groups like the Armed Islamic Group
(GIA) among others.