Aïn Defla

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Aïn Defla

عين الدفلى
Commune of Aïn Defla
Coat of arms of Aïn Defla
Coat of arms
Aïn Defla is located in Algeria
Aïn Defla
Aïn Defla
Location of Aïn Defla within Algeria
Coordinates: 36°15′55″N 1°58′13″E / 36.2652°N 1.9703°E / 36.2652; 1.9703Coordinates: 36°15′55″N 1°58′13″E / 36.2652°N 1.9703°E / 36.2652; 1.9703
Country Algeria
ProvinceAïn Defla (seat)
DistrictAïn Defla (coextensive)
Government
 • PMA Seats11
Elevation
980 m (3,220 ft)
Population
 (1998)
 • Total52,276
Time zoneUTC+01 (CET)
Postal code
44000
ONS code4401
ClimateCsa

Aïn Defla (Arabic: عين الدفلى‎, lit. oleander spring) is the capital city of Aïn Defla Province, Algeria. It is also a commune.[1]

History[edit]

In Roman times the city was called Oppidum Novum. The vestiges of the Oppidum Novum are still visible.

The current city was founded in the 20th century by a soldier named Ahmed Mahmoudi of the rank of agha, with the idea of bringing together the indigenous populations from the villages of the region.

This region of uneven terrain, which was considered unstable and dangerous by the French during the Algerian War, had for this reason been declared a forbidden zone.

In the 1990s, the same region was a stronghold of the Armed Islamic Group (GIA).[2]

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