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Tafnidilt, south of Morocco, about 30km north of Tan-Tan.

Away from the road between Agador and Mauritania stands an old french fort that kept watch on the border with the Spanish Sahara until the end of the french protectorate in 1956.
It's now ruined.

This land between Morocco, Mauritania and Algeria was under spanish protectorate from 1884 to 1976.
When the Spanish left, a long war between the morocco government and the Polisario Front set to 1991.
The statute of the Westerner Sahara is not defined yet.

The french fort was kept by "goumiers", Berberian soldiers of Morocco, part of the french army.
The goumiers made a lot of wars for France : "pacification" of Morocco during the protectorate, the Rif war (1924-1926), the 2nd WW (Tunisia campaign, Sicilian campaign, Corsica liberation, Marseille's liberation...), the Indochina war (1945-1954) and the Algerian war.
The goums were disbanded in 1956 with the Morocco's independence.

In WS a large view of the fort.

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