WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This week, following the largely complete take-over of Tripoli by the opposition forces of the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC), new reports have surfaced that more than 500 of Moammar Qaddafi's mercenaries who were captured and arrested are members of the Polisario Front.
These reports follow earlier claims this Spring that the Polisario Front, an Algerian-backed separatist movement, was supplying fighters to Qaddafi's forces who were actively engaged in combat with US and NATO troops attempting to protect Libya's civilians. The Polisario has fought for decades with Morocco over the future of the Western Sahara.
According to these new reports, high-ranking NTC officials revealed that Polisario fighters were captured in Bab El Aziziah, Qaddafi's military headquarters in Tripoli, and they intend to capture "the remaining Polisario elements still at-large in Libya."
The new reports can be found at: http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=47816
"The growing evidence that members of the Polisario Front are aiding Qaddafi's forces who are fighting against U.S. and NATO peacekeepers is outrageous and disturbing," said Ambassador (ret.) Edward M. Gabriel, President of the Moroccan American Center. "If these reports are true, the Polisario Front and any other groups that seek to destabilize the region—and threaten US interests and allies—must be held accountable by the international community for their actions."
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