Morocco-Algeria conflict: Why Washington, Paris and Brussels are looking the other way

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From the UN to the African Union, the US, France and the European Union, the international community seems to be embarrassed about the historical conflict between Morocco and Algeria.

Three deaths and a threat of armed conflict. On 1 November, the 67th anniversary of the outbreak of the Algerian War of Independence, three Algerian truck drivers, who were travelling between Nouakchott and Ouargla, were killed in an attack that Algiers attributed to Moroccan forces.

Announced two days later in an official statement by the presidency, the news sent shock waves through Algeria and raised tensions between the two neighbours who had already ended diplomatic relations in August. The two armies have not gone up against each other since the battles of Amgala in 1976.

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