National Liberation Army (Algeria)

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National Liberation Army
جيش التحرير الوطني الجزائري
Armée de libération nationale
Leader(s) Ahmed Ben Bella
Motives Independence of Algeria
Active region(s) French Algeria
Ideology Algerian nationalism
Major actions Battle of Algiers (1956–57)
Battle of Agounennda
Notable attacks Oran massacre of 1962
Toussaint Rouge
Status Became Algerian People's National Armed Forces
Size 300,000 identified, 40,000 civilian support

The National Liberation Army or ALN (Arabic, جيش التحرير الوطني الجزائري Djaïche Al-Tehrir Al-Ouatani Al-Djezaïr; French, Armée de libération nationale) was the armed wing of the nationalist Front de Libération National (FLN) during the Algerian War. After the independence of Algeria from France in 1962, the ALN was converted into the regular armed forces of the republic, but its leadership also came to play a prominent role in Algerian politics, as in the 1965 coup d'état by Col. Houari Boumediene.