Town (pop., 2008 prelim.: 62,529) and oasis, north-central Algeria. At the southern edge of the Atlas Mountains, it was built on two hills that are extensions of Mount Tizigarine. It was settled in the 11th century and came under Moroccan and Ottoman control. It was seized by the French in 1852 and reverted to Algeria in 1962.
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