Groupe Islamique Armé (GIA)


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Groupe Islamique Armé (GIA)

The Groupe Islamique Armé (Armed Islamic Group, GIA) was an Algerian Islamist militant group that sought to overthrow the government during the Algerian civil war in the 1990s. The war was provoked by the voiding of national elections in 1992 in which the Islamist party Front Islamique du Salut (FIS) looked set to win. The GIA earned a reputation for brutal violence perpetrated against civilians, which eventually contributed to a decline in support, and AQIM later overtook GIA as the most prominent armed Islamist group in Algeria.