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A terrorist cell dismantled on Nov. 24 was found to have recruited fighters for Libya as well as for Mali; al Qaeda facilitated the fighters' travel through the Algerian-Moroccan border to the Sahel region. The influx of Islamist fighters in the Sahel includes Tunisians, Libyans, Europeans, Sudanese, Pakistanis, and a number of Mauritanians, among others.
Police broke up an al Qaeda cell that was recruiting fighters and smuggling them across the Algerian border into Mali, where they would join either Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb or the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO). One of the arrested men was a Moroccan sent back from Mali to conduct sabotage in Morocco.
Security forces arrested nine "terrorists" in the Rif mountains who were establishing a training camp and explosives factory. Al Qaeda's black banner was seized during the raid.
Thami Najim, a citizen of Denmark and Morocco, was sentenced to only 10 months in prison on terrorism charges. He and two other suspects were arrested in February for planning terror attacks against the Moroccan state. He is said to be a webmaster and IT provider for the Islamist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir. Morocco refused to extradite him to Denmark.