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Polisario Front ups the ante in Western Sahara conflict

By Nina Kozlowski
Posted on Thursday, 25 November 2021 18:56

Western Sahara Forgotten Conflict
A Polisario Front soldier holds an AK-47 after a National Unity Day event in the Dajla refugee camp, Algeria, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

After the recent deaths of three Algerian nationals in the disputed territory, the Polisario Front has vowed to step up its fighting and announced plans to carry out attacks in Morocco. An inside look at why the separatist group is issuing new threats.

In the Western Sahara conflict pitting it against Morocco, is the Polisario Front coming out of a lull and beginning to escalate its war?

More than a year after the Moroccan military intervention in Guerguerat, which led Polisario to end the ceasefire it had observed with the kingdom, and some two weeks after three Algerian nationals were killed in Bir Lahlou by ‘Moroccan bombardment’, as the country’s president, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, claims, the separatist movement appears to be growing increasingly radical.