Algerian authorities have encouraged hundreds of armed militiamen of the Polisario Front to go to Syria to fight alongside the armed forces loyal to President Bashar Al-Assad, reliable sources reported.
According to the sources, Algeria’s move is a gesture of friendship towards Syria and Russia due to the political and geostrategic affinities that unite the Algerian, Syrian and Russian regimes.
The Polisario militiamen were discreetly boarded in Tindouf and flown to a military airport in Algiers, wherefrom they were transported by Algerian military aircraft to Cuba.
Once in Havana, the Polisario militiamen underwent an accelerated military training based on guerrilla techniques. They were afterwards armed and sent aboard Russian military aircraft to the Syrian front, added the same sources.
The Polisario militiamen are already operating on the Syrian front under the banner of a group of Cuban troops fighting alongside loyalists to President Bashar Al-Assad against the Syrian free army and other armed groups seeking to oust the Damascus regime.
Citing a US official who spoke on condition of anonymity, the US newspaper, The Daily Beast, had affirmed on October 16 that several thousand fighters were airlifted from Cuba aboard Russian aircrafts to join the ranks of the Syrian regime’s forces.
According to a US expert on security and geostrategic issues, this information is not far from the truth as the Algerian army generals had done the same with Libya at the beginning of the Arab Spring.
They had then forced the leaders of the Polisario Front, based in southwest Algeria, to send more than 550 armed militiamen to Libya to fight alongside the gunmen and militias of Muammar Gaddafi.
by Ali Haidar