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Marlowe notes that Algeria has settled into a long and exceedingly violent war in which as many 1,000 people are killed weekly in a bloody contest between the government and the Armed Islamic Group (GIA), a savage offshoot of the FIS. The violence has spilled over into France, where the GIA is believed responsible for a series of bombings this summer and whose dramatic hijacking of an Air France flight last December fanned fears that the war could destabilize all of North Africa.