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Interior Minister Hassad said security has been heightened due to a "serious terrorist threat" from extremists affiliated with terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria. Authorities say over 1,000 Moroccans are fighting in Syria.
Moroccan authorities claimed to have dismantled 18 terrorist cells between 2011 and 2013 that involved recruiting networks. Experts estimate that over 2,000 Moroccans are now fighting in Syria. On May 28, three people engaged in recruiting for al Qaeda in Syria were arrested in Casablanca and Fdineq, and on May 26, two people involved in similar activity were arrested in Fez. A network with Moroccan members that recruited for al Qaeda camps in Syria, Mali, and Libya was broken up by Spanish authorities on May 30.
Salafists demonstrated in Casablanca, calling for the release of Islamists linked to suicide bombings in the city in 2003. One of the protest organizers said that of some 1,000 Islamists currently imprisoned in Morocco, about 400 were detained after the Casablanca bombings and the remainder were jailed after coming back from fighting in Syria.
Police announced the dismantling of a terrorist cell involved in funneling Moroccan fighters to al Qaeda-linked forces in Syria, including the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, and Sham al Islam. The cell members, who operated in a number of Moroccan cities, are being held while the investigation continues.