Even if the diplomatic relationship between Morocco and Algeria is not very good, which Cherkaoui Habboub, director of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ), deplores, the fight against terrorism is a concern for the authorities of both countries. Thus, the Cherifian kingdom has alerted its eastern neighbour to the terrorist threat hanging over both nations.
Morocco and Algeria are two lungs of the same body, even if their diplomatic relations are often very tense in recent years because of the thorny issue of Western Sahara. But this does not prevent Morocco from alerting its eastern neighbour to the terrorist threat hanging over both countries. « The Islamic State is seeking to spread in the Maghreb region, the Sahel region and in Africa. (…) There must be close cooperation between countries, because it is not possible to fight terrorism without intensifying cooperation between all countries. (…) All countries cooperate with us except for neighbouring Algeria, » Cherkaoui Habboub said in an interview with Al Shark TV.
According to the director of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ), this lack of cooperation between Morocco and Algeria can harm the security of both countries. Insofar as the current leader of the Islamic State in the Great Sahara, Adnane Abou Al Walid Al Sahraoui, who runs the refugee camps in Tindouf in Algeria, is « originally from the city of Laayoune and is a member of the Polisario Front ».
« Before his organisation of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, » Adnane Abu Al Walid Al Sahraoui « was the spokesman for the Unification Organisation and the Jihad Movement in West Africa, which was behind the kidnapping of three people working for the United Nations humanitarian organisation in coordination with the Polisario Front, in 2011, » Cherkaoui Habboub stressed, recalling that the Saharoui had carried out several terrorist operations aimed at Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso, between 2015 and 2020.
« The Polisario has links with terrorist organisations, as long as there is Adnane Abu Al Walid affiliated to it and as long as there are a hundred of its members who have previously joined and are involved with Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb, » he said.
In addition, the Chief of Staff of the Algerian National People’s Army (ANP), Said Chengriha, during the visit of the Chief of Staff of the French Armed Forces, General François Lecointre, to Algeria, said that « Algeria considers that the security and stability of its neighbours are directly linked to its own security.
« Aware of the extent of the danger posed by terrorism to territorial security and stability, Algeria has not hesitated to present initiatives and offer its assistance to its neighbours to coordinate efforts on the basis of a common vision through the initiative of the Operational Staff Committee (CEMOC), » he added.
Algeria shares more than 6 385 km of land borders with Tunisia to the north-east, Libya to the east, Niger to the south-east, Mali to the south-west, Mauritania and the Western Sahara to the west, and Morocco to the north-west.