'Ayn ad-Daflah

Aïn Defla
عين الدفلى
Commune of Aïn Defla
Ain Defla عين الدفلة - panoramio (6).jpg
Coat of arms of Aïn Defla
Aïn Defla is located in Algeria
Aïn Defla
Aïn Defla
Location of Aïn Defla within Algeria
Coordinates: 36°15′55″N 1°58′13″E / 36.2652°N 1.9703°E / 36.2652; 1.9703Coordinates: 36°15′55″N 1°58′13″E / 36.2652°N 1.9703°E / 36.2652; 1.9703
Country Algeria
ProvinceAïn Defla (seat)
DistrictAïn Defla (coextensive)
 • PMA Seats11
980 m (3,220 ft)
 • Total65,453
Time zoneUTC+01 (CET)
Postal code
ONS code4401

Aïn Defla (Arabic: عين الدفلى, lit. oleander spring) is the capital city of Aïn Defla Province, Algeria. It is also a commune.[1]


In Roman times the city was called Oppidum Novum. The vestiges of the Oppidum Novum are still visible.

The current city was founded in the 20th century by a soldier named youcef afg of the rank of agha, with the idea of bringing together the indigenous populations from the villages of the region.

This region of uneven terrain, which was considered unstable and dangerous by the French during the Algerian War, had for this reason been declared a forbidden zone.

In the 1990s, the same region was a stronghold of the Armed Islamic Group (GIA).[2] There was fighting between militants and government troops in January 2021.[3]


  1. ^ Répartition de la population résidente des ménages ordinaires et collectifs,selon la commune de résidence et la dispersion.
  2. ^ Au moins 11 soldats algériens tués par des islamistes.
  3. ^ Chikhi, Lamine (February 2, 2021). "In Algerian mountains, army operation shows persistent militant threat". news.yahoo.com. Reuters. Retrieved February 2, 2021.