North African - Maghreb ǀ Berber ǀ Middle Eastern
North African Maghreb people are primarily Berbers, an indigenous Caucasian or white stock who have been settled in the region of Africa encompassing the Sahara Desert and coastlines along the Mediterranean Sea. They are also called the Amazigh or Tuareg people and, in antiquity, Moors. Zinedine Zidane is regarded as one of the greatest football or soccer players of all time.
The North African - Maghreb population data represent 59 DNA samples from the Maghreb region of North Africa, which encompasses Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia. The results also help define the broad Berber population segment (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berber_people and http://library.thinkquest.org/16645/the_people/ethnic_berber.shtml). Provided by the Instituto Nacional de Toxicologica (National Institute of Toxicology) in Seville, Spain, these samples were culled from routine forensic cases. For more details on the Maghreb region of North Africa, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maghrebi.
Photo: A Tuareg. I-Stock.
“Morocco was the first country to seek diplomatic relations with the Government of the United States in 1777 and remains one of our oldest and closest allies in the region. Formal U.S. relations with Morocco date from 1787, when the two nations negotiated a Treaty of Peace and Friendship. Renegotiated in 1836, the treaty is still in force, constituting the longest unbroken treaty relationship in U.S. history.”
Source publication: STR Data for the AmpFlSTR Profiler Plus and COfiler Loci From the Maghreb (North Africa), FSI, 2001, 122, 199-200.