Morocco World News
New York, April 20, 2013
Is this a sign that the United States are bracing for more instability in the North Africa and the Sahel regions? Does this mean that Moroccans are about to witness a dramatic twist in the Sahara conflict? Or is it just a sign that Washington aims to avoid the occurrence of dramatic events, such as the attack on its Embassy in Libya in September 2012?
According to Europa Press, the Spanish government authorized the United States to deploy 500 marines in and 8 aircraft, in the base of Noron in Seville, Southern Spain. The American will be deployed for a year and be in charge of carrying response activities in North Africa.
The goal of this deployment, which was approved by the Spanish council of government, is to protect American citizens and interests in the countries of the Arab Spring.
This deployment is in accordance with defense cooperation agreement signed by Spain and the United States in 1988,” Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, vice-president of the Spanish government was quoted by Europa Press as saying.
This agreement provides that the United States may temporarily deploy in the bases of Moron and Rota (Cádiz) a maximum of 900 members of the Navy, including the Marine, and up to 1,300 troops from Air Force.
According to the same official, this deployment comes as a response to the instability that is befalling the region of the North Africa as a result of the uprising that started in 2011.
In 2011, the Spanish government had authorized Washington to deploy 45 aircraft in Morón and Rota to intervene in Libya’s civil war.