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The Arab Islamic Republic (Arabic: الجمهورية الإسلامية العربية), often abbreviated AIR and more often referred to as simply North Africa, is an Arab nation in the Maghreb region of North Africa. It borders Morocco and Sahrawi to the west, Mali to the west-southwest, Niger, Equatorial Africa, and Sudan to the south, and Egypt to the east.
The republic is notably unstable, having a lackluster economy and has barely held to its oil exports since 1976 - only just enough to prevent the crushing of the economy and the populace from revolting. North Africa is frequented by occasional raids from Mali, Niger and Equatorial Africa, while the conflict between Sahrawi and Morocco has occasionally spilled across the western borders. The nation is an authoritarian regime headed by the aging President, Habib Borguiba, and its second in command, Defense Minister Moammar Gaddafi. Its military numbers more than 730,000 active troops, and is known to possess chemical weapons in significant quantities, responsible for the Timia, Niger Massacre of 1992. As well, they are alleged to possess low-yield nuclear weapons, likely to have been the recent work of Defense Minister Gaddafi; for years, rumors have persisted that nuclear bombs were used by their armed forces in the Second Saharan War, in 1994.
Djerba Declaration (1974)
Main Article: Djerba Declaration (1974)
First Saharan War (1978-1984)
On the Brink (1986)
Minor Reforms (1987-1988)
Timia Massacre (1992)
Main Article: Timia Massacre
Second Saharan War (1993-1995)
Main Article: Second Saharan War (1993-1995)
Modern Times (1995-Present)
North Africa has always had very poor international relations, which reached a low-point in 1992 after the Timia Massacre by DM Moammar Gaddafi's chemical weapons. It has only a single open ally, Persia.