The junction between Algeria and Iran around the separatist movement of Polisario is likely to raise all the security concerns in the region, said Friday the political scientist Mustapha Tossa.
A striking fact of the terrorist scope of the Polisario is the "excessive benevolence" it enjoys from the Iranian regime which aims to transmit the fighting expertise of the Revolutionary Guards through the channel of the Lebanese Hezbollah, said the political scientist in an analysis published on the website Atlasinfo.
According to Mr. Tossa, in the treatment of the elimination of Abu Walid Al Sahrawi, the creator of the group known as "Islamic State in the Great Sahara" and who made his first terrorist weapons with the militias of the Polisario Front, no media failed to mention the membership of the latter in the separatist movement, a "militia strongly armed by Algeria and which operates in a desert where all kinds of terrorist organizations that engage in all kinds of criminal activities.
"The only military sponsor of the Polisario, Algeria has a solid experience in the infiltration, creation and manipulation of terrorist organizations and its army had demonstrated a know-how and an undeniable expertise in the dark years of the Algerian civil war of the 90s where Algerian agents were disguised as armed bearded men to commit all kinds of atrocities and terrorize the Algerian people", he recalls.
He added that later, when the GIA were relocated to the South to control part of the Sahel, "their links with the Algerian military institution have been maintained on purpose, as evidenced by the multiple Algerian hesitations to participate effectively in the international war against terrorism in this region.
"The Polisario is therefore a valuable arrow in the Algerian military bow. In terms of agenda, of practice, it has nothing to envy to the famous labels of international terrorism," notes Mr. Tossa, who wonders if it is really a coincidence that the head of Daech in Africa is a member of the Polisario?
If the Polisario is a dangerous card in the hands of the "arsonists" of Algiers, its terrorist nature, whose manifestations are increasingly obvious, is likely to help to quickly end this conflict by revealing its true identity to the world.
Although the observation has been made by most of the security services operating in the region, "the interaction between the Polisario and other armed terrorist organizations has recently experienced a striking illustration," he said, noting that the cold execution of two Moroccan drivers in Mali, as well as the announcement by the French forces of the Barkhane operation of the elimination of Adnan Abu Walid Al Sahrawi, "have come to flesh out this collusion and shed new light on the security and political stakes of this region.
For many years, the fears of the international community to see alliances and junctions between terrorist groups in the Sahel and the Polisario have been a source of permanent tension, notes Mr. Tossa, who notes that until today, European countries, aware of this reality, have not yet reflected this concern in their political positioning.
If some capitals have voluntarily ignored it to "satisfy political agendas of another nature", others have no choice but to recognize that the Polisario has become a danger to peace and stability in the region, he says.
The political scientist calls, in this regard, to "think about how to solve this crisis with the same therapy as that reserved for the war against terrorist organizations.
At a time when Morocco has just agreed to the appointment of the Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura as the new envoy for the Sahara, a position that has been vacant since May 2019, this terrorist factor is also likely to change the type of involvement in this regional conflict of international forums such as the United Nations. It is also likely to encourage those who are reluctant to definitively close this territorial dispute between Morocco and Algeria by an official recognition of the sovereignty of Morocco over its Sahara, he believes.
For the political scientist, by proposing the autonomy solution as a way out of the crisis, Morocco has voluntarily left the door open to the Polisario leadership to lay down its arms and join the process of its integration into the Kingdom.
He believes that those who would refuse this option would automatically be part of a logic of terrorism and destabilization of the entire region, noting that Morocco is entitled to campaign with its allies to include the Polisario in the blacklist of terrorist organizations and exert maximum pressure on its Algerian sponsors and expose their nefarious activities.
-News on Western Sahara/Corcas