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Morocco protects mosques from religious extremism




The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's quiet war minister

Little is publicly known about the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's war minister. But he was appointed in April 2010 and the war ministry he leads has been in charge of planning the group's operations in the past.


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.




Analysis: Blowback from the Syrian jihad has begun

In well over a dozen countries, evidence has emerged that jihadists who trained or fought in Syria are engaging in terrorist activities in their home countries and elsewhere.


Over 1,000 Moroccan jihadists in Syria




ISIS names Danish, French suicide bombers killed in 'Ninewa Division'

A Frenchman and a Dane were among six foreign suicide bombers who conducted attacks in the Islamic State of Iraq's northernmost administrative unit in Iraq.


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.




Morocco dismantles Syria recruitment cell




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.




Moroccan jihadist leader dies in Syria




Former Guantanamo detainee killed while leading jihadist group in Syria

Ibrahim Bin Shakaran, a Moroccan who spent more than three years at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility before being freed, has been killed while leading Sham al Islam in Latakia. Bin Shakaran had run a recruiting network for Abu Musab al Zarqawi after being released by the US.


Moroccan king attends prayers led by reformed Salafi-jihadist




Foreign jihadists recruit Maghreb youth




Searching for Al Qaeda in Lebanon (I): Coming of Age




Security forces have dismantled a terrorist criminal network in Fez and Sefrou that used fraud and forgery to finance al Qaeda activities in Syria. The network was headed by an al Qaeda recruiter and included two known terrorists.




Maghreb to tighten noose on Syria-bound jihadists




Extremist trend troubles Morocco lawmakers




Western Sahara: An Unlikely Key to American Strategy in Africa




Morocco, EU partner against terrorism




Morocco has begun requiring visas for visitors from Libya as a "security precaution," following the recent arrests of more than 105 Libyan visitors with fake passports; most of those arrested were not Arabs, and some had previously been banned from entering Morocco. The parliament is considering legislation that would criminalize takfir and incitement to violence, after Salafist imam Abdelhamid Abounaim issued a fatwa denouncing a politician as an "apostate" and his party as "infidels."


 
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