Algeria's history over the past two centuries is marked with more periods of violence than peace. Beginning with the French takeover in the 1830s and continuing through the sectarian fighting of the 1990s, Algeria's landscape has been tainted by battle. According to The Economist, al-Qaeda and the shell of the insurgency from the 1990s joined together to form the al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb.
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