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In pictures: Algeria's African games

Islamist militants, who this year renamed themselves "Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Mahgreb", live high up in the forests and caves of the mountains that divide the coast from the Sahara desert.

As life becomes increasingly hard, many other Algerians are turning to a stricter form of Islam.

However, they do not support the militants, who they blame for traumatising the population and breaking the spirit of Algeria.

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