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Israel defense chief jets to Morocco to cement security ties

Nov. 23, 2021 13:35 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s defense minister headed to Morocco on Tuesday for an official visit to cement security ties just ahead of the first anniversary of their agreement to establish full diplomatic relations. Benny Gantz will be making the first official visit by...

Algeria accuses Moroccan forces of killing 3, amid tensions

Nov. 03, 2021 13:37 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The Algerian president's office said Wednesday that three Algerians were killed by a military strike on their trucks, and it accused Moroccan forces in the disputed Western Sahara of being behind the attack. The trucks were traveling from the...

UN urges talks on Western Sahara after cease-fire breakdown

Oct. 29, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council extended the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the disputed Western Sahara for a year on Friday, expressing concern at the breakdown of the 1991 cease-fire between Morocco and the pro-independence Polisario Front and calling for a revival of...

Youth yearning for independence fuel Western Sahara clashes

Oct. 21, 2021 02:19 AM EDT

MAHBAS REGION, Western Sahara (AP) — As a glowing sun sank behind the sandy barrier that cuts across the disputed territory of Western Sahara, Sidati Ahmed's battalion launched two missiles that sizzled through the air and then followed with an artillery attack. Within...

Independence leader: Wall won't stop Western Sahara fight

Oct. 12, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

DAJLA REFUGEE CAMP, Algeria (AP) — The leader of the Western Sahara independence movement says that fighting with Morocco will continue across a long wall cutting through Africa’s vast desert until the international community delivers on an unfulfilled promise of self-determination for...

Court annuls EU-Morocco deals over Western Sahara policies

Sep. 29, 2021 12:25 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's general court on Wednesday annulled the 27-country bloc's approval of agriculture and fishing agreements that allow Morocco to export goods from Western Sahara. The ruling could damage the EU's relationship with Morocco, although the...

France calls killing of Islamic State leader big victory

Sep. 16, 2021 07:52 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara died of wounds from a drone strike that hit him on a motorcycle last month in southern Mali, in a French-led operation involving backup from U.S., EU, Malian and Nigerien military forces, French authorities said Thursday. ...

France says head of Islamic State in Sahara has been killed

Sep. 15, 2021 21:15 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — France's president announced the death of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara's leader late Wednesday, calling Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi's killing “a major success” for the French military after more than eight years fighting extremists in the Sahel. ...

French president says head of the Islamic State of the Greater Sahara, Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, has been killed

Sep. 15, 2021 20:00 PM EDT
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — French president says head of the Islamic State of the Greater Sahara, Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, has been killed.