On February 24 the French newspaper Le Figaro, under the signature of its Maghreb specialist, Thierry Oberle and France 24 TV channel both confirmed the involvement of elements of the Polisario in the bloody fighting in northern Mali on February 23 that caused the death of more than 43 in the ranks of terrorists and at least one fighter from the Polisario was taken as prisoner.
During those very hard clashes the French army backed by Chadian soldiers in the mountainous area of north Tigharghar of Kidal announced that the leader of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the Algerian Abou Zeid, would have been killed and more than 43 terrorists (of various nationalities), while others were severely burned, according to Le Figaro.
The newspaper and France 24, citing officials of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA-Touareg) whose fighters are supporting the French Special Forces in the desert under the operation Serval, indicate that the operation s ‘resulted in the arrest of seven fighters in the ranks of terrorists including “an Algerian, a Mauritanian and a man from the ranks of the Polisario”.
The arrest among survivors of the raid of an element of Polisario gives further confirmation, not only from the presence of separatist terrorist forces AQIM and its local allies, as confirmed by the Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs but also their effective involvement in deadly operations in northern Mali.
About the author: Said Temsamani
Senior Fellow at the Meridian International Center and member of the National Press Club, Washington DC. Said Temsamani is a political analyst who follows events in Morocco and across North Africa.