revealed that during their war with Islamic terrorists during the 1990s, about
six percent of the police force was killed. That would be about 5,000 dead.
During that period, over 150,000 people died in Algeria, most of them civilians
and terrorists. Algeria has not released much in the way of official statistics
on that conflict, so this announcement, that six percent of the police force was
killed, was something of a first.
In 2000, there was a national
referendum, and an amnesty program was approved. The population had soured on
the Islamic terrorists, even though the corrupt government was not very popular
either. The Islamic radicals erred by using mass murder (often killing entire
families, or villages) to terrorize people who did not support them. Even many
of the Islamic radicals were eventually repelled by this, and thousands
accepted the amnesty. Terrorist activity declined sharply after that, as did
the number of Islamic radicals. In addition, the police force has been
expanded, from about 80,000 in the 1990s, to 111,000 today. Over the next three
years, another 45,000 police will be added. Most Algerians do not want the
Islamic terrorists to make a comeback. Many of the surviving Islamic terrorists
have fled to Europe, or other Moslem nations. Only a few hundred are still
operating in Algeria.