Faced with an Algiers perfectly firm in its positions and which calls on the United States to stop sticking its nose in the affairs of the Maghreb, the American Assistant Under Secretary of State for the Near East and North Africa, David Schenker, looked perfectly disarmed even if he was totally ridiculed …
by saying Thursday from Algiers, almost a month after Trump’s Tweet recognition of Morocco’s annexation of Western Sahara, that “his country supported the Moroccan autonomy plan for Western Sahara. “For us, only the political dialogue between Morocco and the Polisario Front around the Moroccan autonomy plan is able to definitively resolve this conflict,” the Zionist said. But in terms of turnaround, Shencker did not stop there. A war in Western Sahara with the blessing of the United States and Israel to create a U.S. military base there? “I want to be very clear: the United States is not in the process of establishing a U.S. base in Western Sahara”, stating that “the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has not mentioned the transfer of its headquarters to Western Sahara”.
But what happened between the day when the deal “Palestine against Sahara” was announced via tweet to millions of Moroccan people totally shocked, and this Thursday when Schenker questioned everything? “It seems that the Algerians have been able to put the US/NATO/Israel axis in its place”. Since the last week of December the situation has totally returned to the Sahel: France has lost 5 soldiers in Mali, which pushed it to savagely hit the Malians with bombs, then push the takfirist agents to commit a terrible massacre in Niger.
And yet the anti-Western wave continues to grow in the Sahel, where six other Barkhane soldiers were wounded not far from the borders with Burkina. One would like to believe that the Sahelians have now found solid support through a state that has aimed right at Algeria. But that’s not all: the recent visit of the Mauritanian Minister of Defense to Algiers seems to have inaugurated a voice of armed support for the Polisario Front. This capacity for reorganization on the part of Algiers seems to have caused the Americans and the Israelis, but also Rabat, to retreat for the time being. The Zionist press now speaks of a Tel Aviv disappointed by Rabat’s refusal to open an embassy in Israel, according to one analyst.
And then there is the PNA and its ballistic capabilities. Algeria is one of the few countries to have the Russian Iskander-E operational-tactical missile systems, whose deployment alone is enough, according to MENA Defence, to calm two of the parties at the origin of the military conflict, because there is no way to defend against the attacks of these missiles. One day after the outbreak of hostilities between the Moroccan army and the Polisario front, Algeria sent a significant message in a publicly broadcast coverage of the imminent deployment of the Russian Iskander-E missile system and many other large-caliber weapons.
“The Algerian army did not opt for ballistic missiles because of their lack of precision and inconsistency with Algerian military doctrine. But faced with Iskander, a precision weapon with tactical and strategic capabilities, the Algerian army only had to be convinced. If the MTCR regime is respected, the Iskander-E battery can send missiles at a maximum distance of 300 km, but with an accuracy of several meters,” says the publication MENA Defence.
“This prospect is frightening just because of its snowball effect, even though the US/NATO axis seems to be trapped in a spiral of violence against the Sahelian populations. Given Algeria’s interest in these Russian complexes, analysts do not rule out the possibility that in the near future other African states may be tempted to obtain batches of these complexes, the expert believes.
by Basit Abbasi – FN