Armed Islamic Group


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Noun1.Armed Islamic Group - a terrorist organization of Islamic extremists whose violent activities began in 1992; aims to overthrow the secular Algerian regime and replace it with an Islamic state; "the GIA has embarked on a terrorist campaign of civilian massacres"
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
Algeria, Algerie, Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria - a republic in northwestern Africa on the Mediterranean Sea with a population that is predominantly Sunni Muslim; colonized by France in the 19th century but gained autonomy in the early 1960s
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Seven years before the al-Qaeda chief launched his September 11 attacks, the Armed Islamic Group hatched a remarkably similar plot.
Chanting anti-government slogans in support of Hassan Hattab (a local leader of an armed Islamic group that attacks gendarmes and other military personnel), they attack gendarmerie barracks, set vehicles on fire, block roads and throw stones at government buildings.
Islamic rebels from the hardline Armed Islamic Group slashed the throats of three brothers aged six, 12 and 13 in a forest 140 miles south-west of Algiers.
Security sources suggest the six arrested North Africans could be connected to the Algerian Armed Islamic Group - the GIA - which is closely linked to bin Laden and his al-Qaeda terror organisation.
RABAT: Algeria's Armed Islamic Group has stepped up its raids against civilians in an effort to block next month's referendum on a peace deal with Islamic moderates.
Armed Islamic Group (GIA): Aims to create Islamic state in Algeria.
(The Armed Islamic Group (GIA) has dismissed the peace plan completely.
The suspects were considered close to aides of Hassan Hattab, a leader of the Armed Islamic Group in Algeria, who has allegedly ordered an attack during the tournament that begins on Wednesday.
Rice's route within Algeria was the subject of heightened security precautions, after the website of one armed Islamic group urged the north African branch of al-Qaeda to assassinate her during her tour.
Interior Minister Mr Johan Vande Lanotte said the seven belonged to a European-based support network for Algeria's Armed Islamic Group, or GIA.
Also unclear is the attitude of the most militant Islamist faction, the Armed Islamic Group (GIA), although about 500 GIA members reportedly surrendered following the election, under a government amnesty.
The six belonged to a bin Laden-backed dissident faction of the Armed Islamic Group, Algeria's hard-line insurgency movement.