This reverses the previous policy that prohibited troops from undertaking foreign deployments and is important in light of deteriorating security in neighbouring Libya, Mali and Chad. Algeria’s military is well-equipped and well-trained. European powers and the United States have urged Algeria for years to take a more active role in regional stability operations.
- Deploying troops abroad would provoke strong popular opposition domestically, further emboldening the Hirak demonstration movement.
- Algerian troops in Mali and Chad would bolster Algiers’ diplomatic standing in Paris, Washington and Brussels.
- Algiers will immediately redeploy troops if they are injured or killed on foreign soil.
- Withdrawal of troops from neighbouring states would erode any diplomatic capital gained by Algeria.