Washington Post and The New York Times published two articles about the presence of US soldiers on Algerian soil, creating a large controversy among observers, because what is certain is that Algeria does not accept the presence of any foreign troops on its territory, just as it prevents any mission to its soldiers outside its borders, as required by the provisions of the Algerian Constitution.
The US newspapers reported the case in the context of a decision that was taken by the Pentagon to increase the imminent danger pay of American soldiers who served in the continent to $ 225 a month. It said: ” The issue of danger pay has been scrutinized in the aftermath of the ambush, in which a force of about 50 armed militants attacked a unit of 11 American and about 30 Nigerien soldiers. U.S. troops deployed in Algeria, Burundi, Chad, Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tunisia and Uganda already qualified, according to Pentagon pay guidelines.
The decision to increase the danger pay came in the aftermath of the ambush against US special forces on October 4, 2016 in the Niger state, which led to the deaths of four US Special Forces soldiers.
This incident led to the expansion of the number of soldiers who will benefit from this grant to workers in other countries, which are Mali, Niger and northern Cameroon.
It is clear from the first list that American soldiers have been present on Algerian soil since 1995, when many rumors have claimed the presence of US forces on Algerian territory, while others went on to promote the lie of a US military base but without mentioning the areas of their location, the news that was previously denied by Algeria on more than one occasion.
Perhaps what confirmed the falsification of this information is the controversy over the US military base in Africa (AFRICOM), because diplomatic and media circles have talked about Washington’s attempts to establish the base in the south of the country for its proximity to the Sahel region, where they are “fighting” terrorism. However, the Algerian side has strongly refused the proposal, forcing the United States to transfer this base to Munich in southeastern Germany.
Previously, the US ambassador to Algeria, John P. Desrocher, has denied the presence of US soldiers on Algerian territory.
He confirmed in a previous statement that Algeria refused to receive soldiers from the US Marines to secure its embassy in the capital, Algiers, in anticipation of any threat after the decision of US President Donald Trump to recognize the occupied city of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of the Zionist entity (Israel).
A retired General, Abdul Aziz Mujahid, the Washington Post’s article may refer to the American soldiers who are working in the US embassy to Algeria, which is practiced in different countries of the world, in accordance with the rules that are governing the functioning of diplomatic representations.
However, the limits of the movement of these soldiers must not exceed the outer walls of the embassy, according to the retired general, who said that the diplomatic norms indicate that any embassy is an extension of the sovereignty of the state to which it belongs, while the host country secures the embassy outdoors.