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A´ssa Messaoudi, nom de guerre Tayeb el-Afghani, was an Algerian Islamist guerrilla. He fought in the Afghan War. Together with a fellow Afghan veteran, Abderrahmane Dahane, he launched an attack on the Guemmar barracks on November 27, 1991, before the start of the Algerian Civil War proper; this attack is sometimes considered to mark the beginning of the Armed Islamic Movement (MIA). He was arrested on January 28, 1992, and condemned to death. He died in November 1992.
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