Welcome to Larbaâ Nath Irathen, a picturesque town located in the Tizi Ouzou Province of northern Algeria. Formerly known as Fort National, this charming town is home to a population of 28,000 and is renowned for its majestic scenery. The name Larbaâ Nath Irathen comes from the Arabic word for Wednesday, which was traditionally the town’s souk day, and the Kabyle words for ‘sons of Irathen’, the name of a major local tribe. The area is also known for its rich history, having been the site of a battle during the French Pacification of Algeria in 1857. French-aligned forces under Marshal Jacques Louis Randon defeated Kabyle defenders of the town as part of a campaign to curb Kabyle independence and bring them under the control of French Algeria. Randon won the battle, but suffered 400 dead and 800 injured; Kabyle losses are unknown. The town was also at the forefront of the struggle for Algerian independence that would result in the Algerian War. Each village had its share of martyrs but what distinguishes this commune is that it gave more than five leaders to the North African Star pro-independence organization. Among these leaders are Radjef Belkacem, Messaoui Rabah, Imache Ali, Iffour Rabah and Si Djillani Mohand Said. All these officials are from Ait Oumalou who was part of Larba Nath Irathen at the time. Messaoui Rabah died during the Second World War in Paris. It is also the place of birth of Abane Ramdane. Today, visitors to Larbaâ Nath Irathen can explore the town’s rich history and enjoy its stunning natural beauty. From hiking in the nearby mountains to sampling local cuisine, there is something for everyone in this hidden gem of northern Algeria.

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