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Polisario Front rebel soldiers in the Western Sahara region of Tifariti Polisario Front rebel soldiers in the Western Sahara region of Tifariti, May 20, 2008 (AP photo by Daniel Ochoa de Olza).

The U.N. Scrambles to Contain an Escalating Conflict in Western Sahara

Friday, Nov. 20, 2020

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The decades-long dispute between Morocco and the pro-independence Polisario Front in the region of Western Sahara is threatening to erupt into a full-blown war. Frustrated by the lack of international attention to its cause and angered by a recent Moroccan military operation in a United Nations-monitored buffer zone, the Polisario Front broke a three-decade-long cease-fire agreement last weekend. U.N. officials are scrambling to restore the broken deal, as Moroccan and Polisario forces have continued to exchange fire. ...

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