“Terrorism in North Africa, West and Central Africa: from September 11 to the Arab Spring, the camps of Tindouf

Posted on October 11, 2012


Voices in Washington calling for closure of the Tindouf camps
Hess Lex France 08/29/2012 14:03:00
Under pressure daily suffering undergone by static withheld, against their will, in the Tindouf camps, south-western Algeria, the voices of many in Washington calling for “close” Such camps “has become a point of weakness in front of the fight against terrorism, at a gathering Geo – strategic extends from the Maghreb to the Sahel region. ”

A report published drawing in 2012 in Washington by the International Centre for Studies on Terrorism, of the Potomac Institute, titled “Terrorism in North Africa, West and Central Africa: from September 11 to the Arab Spring, the camps of Tindouf, which found under the influence of militias Alpolikhry, turned fertile ground for recruitment to terrorist networks, and smugglers of all types and criminal gangs, and therefore, the closure, is of the character began priority.

For the author of this report, Yona Alexander, the threat posed by the “Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb”, makes it imperative for the international community, to make the introduction priorities deportation permanent residents of these camps, according to the protocols and relevant international conventions, the report stressed, provided during seminar held b (National Press Club) in the capital of America, under the banner of (international cooperation to combat terrorism), the need to find a final solution to the Sahara issue, which constitute “an obstacle to security in the region, and prevent the establishment of an economic cooperation real Maghreb and the Sahel.”

The Yona Alexander, in this regard, he scored during his visit to the city of Dakhla, opportunities for people, who had the opportunity to escape from the Tindouf camps, to become productive citizens and, therefore, benefit from the growth and progress, you know the southern provinces, saying that “It’s about right human inalienable “, the report pointed out that the series of arrests that took place last year, confirm the existence of close links between al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and criminal networks, from Latin America, to carry out extensive drug smuggling, to Europe, across the Sahel region, complicity with members Alpolikhry Front.

On the other hand, the report emphasized that the Sahara conflict “opens the door for the expansion of the activities of al-Qaeda in the region (…), which has become fertile ground for this terrorist group,” as evidenced by the abductions, which took place in the heart of the Tindouf camps, and that was the lives of three citizens Westerners working in the context of humanitarian operations, before being released recently for ransom in millions of euros, which floated funds al-Qaeda Islamic Maghreb.

On the other hand, warned a report released recently set thinking American, “Carnegie Endowment,” that the common interests and collusion clearly between al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and front (Alpolikhry) is an engine to a terrorist organization, will have repercussions “countless”, the stability and security in the region, the report said, that “the branches of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, working with determination to strengthen ties, drug dealers in the Tindouf camps, who penetrated widely, through the recruitment of young people frustrated.”

He highlighted the report from this center, which is based in Washington, that “the involvement of young Sahrawis, in drug trafficking in the region, has become a fact of concern,” noting that these young people, “suffer from the growing isolation socially, and the absence of guidance, and have no any horizon “Having reviewed the case.

He warned the author of this report, Anwar Bokhars, of increased criminal activity, and social tensions in the Tindouf camps, which constitute so another threat, stability and security in North Africa, and the Sahel region as a whole.
After confirmed that al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and various networks trafficking in drugs, fed from regional conflicts, called the report “Carnegie Endowment,” to find a solution to the dispute over the desert, by stimulating the parties to negotiate, on the settlement focused on the present and the future, rather than stay mortgage ideologies, inherited from the Cold War. As emphasized in this context that the autonomy plan submitted by Morocco, a good ground to negotiate, to resolve this territorial dispute.

In a related context, considered the director of the Center Michael Ansari,’s Otalntek Kaoncel, Peter Pham, that the option of independence as a solution to the Sahara issue, would lead to the birth of the State of “frivolous and viable”, would be “up for grabs” for al-Qaeda in North Africa. He stressed that the local fighters and international activists in this region, “constituted the blocs not only threaten regional security, but Europe, and North America as well,” pointing out that many members of the U.S. Congress, supporting the planned Moroccan autonomy. The secretary of state in State Hillary Clinton, had described this proposal as “serious Thi credible and realistic.”

He said Pham, who has several works on al Qaeda, and issues geo – strategic on the African continent, that “this proposal, which allows autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty, with Administration elected local”, was also supported by the Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Chamber of Lower Congress, as well as a number of prominent figures within the U.S. legislative institution.

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