Iran Is Trying to Sabotage Morocco

(Washington Examiner) Michael Rubin - On May 1, Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita announced that Morocco had broken off diplomatic relations with Iran. "This month Hizbullah sent [surface-to-air] SAM-9, SAM-11 and Strela missiles to the Polisario with the connivance of Iran's embassy in Algiers," he said. The Polisario Front is a Cold War relic and Algerian proxy that claims to be the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. It has conducted a terrorist and military campaign against Morocco since 1975, claiming Morocco's southern provinces as its own, while history is clear that the Western Sahara was and should be Moroccan. The Polisario today is about smuggling and money. They have lost their Soviet patrons and the Cubans are focused elsewhere. They are looking for patrons such as al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb or Hizbullah who will rent their smuggling networks or fund their leader's lavish lifestyle. The U.S. should formally bless Moroccan sovereignty over the Western Sahara and provide Morocco with every counterterror resource it might need to roll back the Polisario and the Iranian threat. The writer is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a former Pentagon official.

2018-05-04 00:00:00

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