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Western Sahara conflict tests Turkey-Algeria ties

Turkey’s continued cold war with the Saudi bloc is adding fuel to the brewing conflict in Western Sahara between Algeria and Morocco.
Members of the Polisario Front stand guard during a visit of the United Nations chief on March 5, 2016, in Bir-Lahlou, in the disputed territory of Western Sahara, situated 220 kilometres (137 miles) southwest of the Algerian town of Tindouf.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, who met Polisario Front leaders including its Secretary General, said he would "spare no effort" in trying to find a solution to the Western Sahara issue. / AFP / Farouk Batiche        (Photo credit should read FAROUK BATICHE/AFP via G

The cold war between Saudi-led Arab states and Ankara is expanding to new territory. This is bad news for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who wanted to contain the tensions.

While Turkey hoped to improve ties through back door channels, Saudi Arabia began an unofficial boycott against Turkish goods, services and all things Turkish. Turkey fears other Arab countries, except for its sole ally Qatar, will be pressured to join.

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