The Algerian Government has issued a statement outlining their intent to arm several rural communities in the northern region. This response was instigated by an outcry from these communities that their safety is in jeopardy from the North African factions of al-Qaeda. The Government is encouraging militias to form in these areas to further enhance the security of the citizens. This tactic of arming the public was instituted once before in Algeria in the 1900's when Islamic insurgents ran ramped in the country. The result was an approximated 150,000 killed. Hopefully this attempt will have a far less bloody result.